Orb will breeze Monday at Payson Park for trainer Shug McGaughey, 12 days out from the Grade I Besilu Stables Florida Derby. That'll leave one more move, and he'll be ready to go.
“He’ll work Monday and then blowout a little bit the next Monday,” said McGaughey.
A son of Malibu Moon, Orb ran into the Florida Derby picture with three consecutive victories, the last two at Gulfstream while training all winter with McGaughey’s Payson Park-based division.
Orb broke his maiden going a mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 24 and then won a 1 1/8 miles allowance race over the Gulfstream track on Jan. 26. Turning back in distance a sixteenth of a mile for the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb. 23, he rallied to score by a half-length over the heavily-favored Violence.
By Dick Downey