Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Kentucky Derby workouts: Orb impresses at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb’s much-anticipated final Kentucky Derby prep Monday morning at Churchill Downs was everything expected - perhaps more. With regular exercise rider Jenn Patterson aboard, Orb breezed an easy as can be half-mile in 47.89 before galloping out a terrific five-eighths in 1:00.98 and pulling up six furlongs in 1:14.83.
The work was reminiscent of Orb’s final breeze at Payson Park prior to winning the Grade 1 Florida Derby - perhaps better - and as was the case that morning came in company with stablemate Overwhelming.
Orb was one of three potential Derby starters to work following the renovation break here Monday as trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent out his Derby duo, Oxbow and Will Take Charge.
Oxbow went five furlongs in 59.82 with jockey Gary Stevens aboard. Will Take Charge worked the same distance in 1:00.82, tiring late after a 35.20 opening three-furlong split.