NEW YORK (AP) — Orb is becoming quite comfortable in the rain.
The Kentucky Derby winner returned to the track for the first time since splashing his way to victory at Churchill Downs, taking a one-mile jog over a muddy surface at Belmont Park on Wednesday.
With exercise rider Jennifer Patterson aboard, Orb wasn't bothered in the least by the rain, and trainer Shug McGaughey said he was pleased with what he saw. He said "it seems to me all systems are go."
Orb will gallop Thursday, and likely have a workout Monday before being vanned to Baltimore on Tuesday for the Preakness on May 18.