Belmont Park Notes - May 12, 2013
By NYRA Press Office | 05/12/2013 01:21 PM ET
Derby winner Orb set for Monday breeze at Belmont
Up-and-comer Glorious View among probables for next Saturday’s G2 Vagrancy Handicap
After a rainy week at Belmont Park, Kentucky Derby winner Orb is set to breeze a half-mile over the main track Monday morning before shipping to Pimlico for the Preakness.
“He’ll break off at the half-mile pole by himself, breeze a half and hope he finishes up good and gallops out somewhat – not strong – he’s fit enough,” said the colt’s Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “I just sort of want to put him in the ball game.”
Orb has galloped the past several days with the main track listed as muddy on Friday morning and sloppy on Saturday.
“It’s been a little bit difficult this week with the track that way,” McGaughey said. “This morning, with those dogs up, he was looking at those dogs and jumping here and there, but [exercise rider Jennifer Patterson] keeps telling me not to worry. So, I’m not going to worry. I’m a bit more uptight than I was last time. Not because of anything, but just you’ve got one under your belt so you’re hoping maybe something good can happen to make it a fun three weeks. What will be, will be.”
Glorious View, an open-length winner of three straight at Aqueduct Racetrack for owner Laue Ranch and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, is probable to make her stakes debut next Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. After breaking her maiden in February in her ninth start, the 4-year-old added easy scores in an allowance in March and an optional claimer on April 11.
The provisional field also includes Fantasy of Flight, eighth in the Grade 1 Madison on April 13; Spectacular Sky, a three-time stakes winner who was second in the Grade 2 Inside Information on March 17; and Villanesca, victorious in an Aqueduct optional claimer on March 1. Dance to Bristol, Emma’s Encore, Irish Exchange, and Withgreatpleasure are possible.