Kentucky Derby winner Orb could face five of his beaten rivals in the May 18 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, including Departing, from the same Clairborne Farm as Orb.
- The numbers for the 1 3/16-mile middle leg of the Triple Crown is notorious for fluctuating greatly.
- So far, Derby horses besides Orb running in the Preakness are: , sixth-place Oxbow, eighth-place Will Take Charge and 17th place Goldencents is “a strong possibility.” Fifth-place Mylute and 15th place Itsmyluckyday termed “60-40” to run by trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.
- Preakness candidates who did not run in the Preakness are headed by Departing, the Illinois Derby winner. Others under consideration are Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, who skipped the Derby after missing some training with a foot bruise; Fear the Kitten, unable to run in the Derby as the 21st horse in preference; and Bellarmine, winner of a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the Derby undercard.
- Departing is co-owned by Claiborne Farm, the same Paris, Ky., farm where Orb was born and raised for Claiborne’s long-time clients, the Phipps family and Stuart Janney III. When Orb is retired to a stallion career, it almost assuredly will be at Claiborne. In fact, Orb and Departing actually were raised in the same paddock at Claiborne.
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