BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winner Orb remains on track for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, when a win would set the stage for a Triple Crown try three weeks later in the Belmont Stakes.
While a media frenzy is building around the Pimlico stakes barn where Orb is housed, both the colt and Shug McGaughey, his trainer, remain unflappable.
Orb went out Thursday morning for a routine gallop with regular exercise rider Jenn Patterson aboard.
"Today was good, as it has been all week," McGaughey said. "He jogged a good ways and then he galloped a mile. He seemed to be very settled and he got over the racetrack as well as I could have hoped for. As far as I'm concerned, all systems are go."
Orb is the even-money favorite against eight rivals for the 1 3-16 miles in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The only glitch this week came at Wednesday's post-position draw, where Orb drew the rail. Only two horses, Bally Ache in 1960 and Tabasco Cat in 1994, have won the Preakness from the No. 1 post since 1950.
Landing the inside slot did not cause McGaughey a sleepless night.
"It didn't bother me," he said. "I wouldn't have slept good if I got it at Churchill Downs. It's a straight shot here. We'll be fine."
Orb had post No. 15 in the Derby where he rallied in the slop for a 2
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