Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby champ Orb, trained by Shug McGaughey, will have a workout Monday morning at Belmont Park prior to vanning to Pimlico.
"He'll break off at the half-mile pole by himself, breeze a half and hope he finishes up good and gallops out somewhat - not strong - he's fit enough," said McGaughey. "I just sort of want to put him in the ball game."
Due to rain, the main track at Belmont has been muddy, with Orb galloping since winning the Run for the Roses.
"It's been a little bit difficult this week with the track that way," said the Hall of Fame trainer. "This morning, with those dogs up, he was looking at those dogs and jumping here and there, but (exercise rider Jennifer Patterson) keeps telling me not to worry. So, I'm not going to worry. I'm a bit more uptight than I was last time. Not because of anything, but just you've got one under your belt so you're hoping maybe something good can happen to make it a fun three weeks. What will be, will be."
Orb, owned by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable, had his final Kentucky Derby workout five days before winning the first leg of racing's Triple Crown.
Departing, trained by Al Stall Jr., had his last workout Sunday morning in preparation for Saturday's 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
With Larry Melancon in the saddle, the Illinois Derby winner covered four- furlongs in 50 2/5 seconds over a fast Churchill Downs track.
"I wanted him to go a little slower the first part than the second part and he hit right on what we were looking for," Stall said. "He did enough to get the day off tomorrow. He is a gelding and doesn't carry a lot of weight. He had galloped two miles on Thursday and a spirited mile and a half Friday."
Stall has Orb handicapped as a heavy favorite for the Preakness after the colt won the Run for the Roses by 2 1/2 lengths.
"Orb will be even-money or less," Stall said. "There have been horses that have rebounded from Derbies like Louis Quatorze (16th in the 1996 Derby) that won or ran well in the Preakness.
"Goldencents trained well here and then ran a 32 Beyer (Speed Figure) in the Derby. Horses can come back to themselves and run 70 to 80 points higher."
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will have two of his three Preakness starters work Monday at Churchill.
Getting a workout for the Hall of Fame trainer will be Oxbow and Will Take Charge.
"Oxbow and Will Take Charge will work in the morning and Titletown Five will breeze through the stretch," Lukas said.
Will Take Charge will have Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith for the Preakness after finishing eighth in the Derby with Jon Court riding.
"I was moving with Orb and full of run when Verrazano (14th in the Derby) ducked out right in front of me (at the head of the stretch)," Court said. "My horse lost all of his momentum."
Also set for a workout Monday at Churchill is Mylute, trained by Tom Amoss. Rosie Napravnik, who rode the colt in the Derby to a fifth-place finish, will be aboard Monday and on Saturday.
Govenor Charlie will also have a workout Monday at Churchill for trainer Bob Baffert.
Goldencents, trained by Doug O'Neill, will train up to the Preakness without a workout. The Santa Anita Derby champ has been at Pimlico since last Monday.
"It was never certain that he was going to work. It was kind of tentative," O'Neill assistant Jack Sisterson said. "We never worked (2012 Derby and Preakness winner) I'll Have Another, so we're going to stay on that schedule.
"He's getting enough out of his training where he doesn't need to work. He's doing very well."
At Monmouth Park, Itsmyluckyday had a half-mile workout Sunday afternoon between the third and fourth races. Trainer Ed Plesa Jr. had the Holy Bull Stakes winner work with jockey Elvis Trujillo in the saddle.
The colt went the half-mile in 47 1/5 seconds over Monmouth's main track.
Trujillo rode Itsmyluckyday to a 15th-place finish in the Run for the Roses. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez has the mount for the Preakness.
05/12 14:23:58 ET