Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Jennifer Patterson and visited the starting gate after the renovation break at Churchill Downs Friday morning.
“He’s getting over the track great. He’s feeling good. I couldn’t be more satisfied,” trainer Shug McGaughey said.
The Fountain of Youth (G2) and Florida Derby (G1) winner is likely to breeze a half mile on Monday in preparation for a start in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Orb, along with stablemates Point of Entry, Hungry Island, Tokyo Time and two others, is stabled in Barn 43 on the Churchill backstretch.
“I was in this barn when I was a kid training, so I’m comfortable here. I like Churchill. I like being here and I like being here in the situation we’re in,” McGaughey said. “When I took the Phipps job, this is the barn I was in.”
Easy Goer, who finished second behind Sunday Silence in the 1989 Kentucky Derby, was stabled in Barn 41, but it’s not certain that Orb is bedded down in the same stall as the Belmont Stakes winner was.
“It’s the same barn, but I can’t remember what stall he was in,” McGaughey said.