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Orb has workout Monday before heading to Pimlico

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Leading 3-year-old Orb put in a half-mile workout Monday morning at Belmont Park before making his way to Pimlico for Saturday's 138th Preakness Stakes.

With exercise rider Jenn Patterson in the saddle, the Kentucky Derby winner covered the four-furlongs in 47.18 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 59.54 seconds.

"I thought it was nothing short of magnificent," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "He broke off very relaxed and finished up unbelievably, just on his own. I was shocked when I looked down at my watch and saw he worked from the eighth- pole to the wire in 11-and-change. He was covering the ground as good as a horse could cover it. He galloped out fine, dropped his head and walked home."

Orb, owned by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable, also had his final Kentucky Derby workout five days before winning the first leg of racing's Triple Crown.

"All in all, I was just as impressed with this work as I was with the one in Louisville. It was a cool morning here and the track had a little bounce to it, because it had a little moisture in it from the rains over the weekend, and it was in terrific shape," said McGaughey. "But the way he went and the way he finished, well in hand, and came back, it was very, very visually impressive to me, and I couldn't be happier with what I saw."

When Orb arrives at Pimlico Monday afternoon, he will occupy Stall 40 in the Preakness Stakes Barn, the stall that is traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby hero.

At Churchill Downs, several Preakness contenders had workouts Monday for Saturday's 1 3/16-mile race.

Bob Baffert's Govenor Charlie worked six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 Monday morning. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24 4/5 with Ricardo Santana Jr. riding.

"He worked good enough to run," Baffert said. "I think today we're caught up for the little time that we lost. When he starts working like that, it means he's doing really well."

The Hall of Fame trainer, however, said that a final decision to start in the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown will be made Tuesday.

"I have to see how he comes out of it," Baffert said. "He went very, very well. That's a call that I have to make."

Mylute, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a half-mile in 49 3/5 seconds over a fast surface at Churchill Downs. With jockey Rosie Napravnik riding, Mylute galloped out five furlongs in 1:04 2/5.

"It was a good breeze and the track was in excellent shape," trainer Tom Amoss said. "This was similar to what he did before the Kentucky Derby but just a bit faster, and I hope that is a product of him being ready to roll."

Oxbow and Will Take Charge, both trained by D. Wayne Lukas, each had four- furlong works.

Oxbow, ridden by jockey Gary Stevens, worked the half-mile in 49 4/5 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03 3/5.

Will Take Charge went the half-mile in 48 2/5 seconds under exercise rider Rudy Quevedo. The colt will be ridden by Mike Smith on Saturday.

"We varied them a bit, but it was pretty much what I wanted," said Lukas who will also start Titletown Five in the Preakness. "Coming off a tough race in the mud (in the Derby), the tendency sometimes is to do too much."

Titletown Five, who will be ridden in the Preakness by Julien Leparoux, did not have a workout, but galloped 1 1/4 miles with Quevedo aboard.

05/13 13:55:13 ET


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