The talk of the backstretch Monday at Churchill Downs was Florida Derby winner Orb’s pre-Kentucky Derby work for trainer Shug McGaughey.
Orb went four furlongs in :47.80 under exercise rider Jennifer Patterson. Orb’s jockey, Joel Rosario, was on the work mate.
Orb dusted his work mate and glided over the track with ease. This is a comfortable, confident, playful horse who seems well-adjusted to his new surroundings. He also appears to appreciate the surface more than many of his competitors.
Here’s the work on video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEqCiFogXPg