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Kentucky Derby winner Orb preps for the Preakness

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb stands as he is cooled down after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Friday, May 17. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 18.

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Orb works out in preparation for the upcoming 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, will be run Saturday.

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Orb grazes under the watchful eyes of exercise rider Jennifer Patterson (2nd R) and trainer Shug McGaughey (R) after an early morning workout in preparation for the upcoming 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, will be run Saturday.

 By James Scully,  NBC Sports - (Baltimore) Orb drew the least favorable starting position in the Preakness, post No. 1, but he can overcome it, especially given the complexion of the nine-horse field. Five contestants – Goldencents, Govenor Charlie, Itsmyluckyday, Oxbow and Titletown Five – like to race on or within a few lengths of the lead and the field could stretch out early, allowing Orb plenty of room to run as he settles behind an expected legitimate pace. Continue reading here.