Photo of Orb working at Belmont Park courtesy of Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing
“GET YOUR PREAK ON!” may be the greatest tag line in horse racing, but that is exactly what Preakness day means, and every time I hear it I get excited.
I'm not saying that because my family is running Kentucky Derby winner Orb. I'm saying that because I have experienced it many years when I was working for the NTRA covering the Preakness. It's a great event and an unbelievable day.
Moms, if you can get a babysitter, please go! Fathers, what is better than getting points from wifey while spending a day seeing some of the best horses in the country run. Single guys and girls, you have absolutely no excuse if you are in driving distance, you’d better be there!
This is the best party going on May 18!
There are many members of our family who never experienced the Preakness, so we are especially excited to have them with us. It is a special weekend for me because it was one of the first racing weekends I took my husband on before we were married many years ago, and we had a great weekend. Baltimore is a great town and Pimlico puts on a great show.
Now, onto the business part.
Orb worked freaky good this morning. He went a half-mile in 47.18 so easily it never looked like he got out of a high gallop.
SLIDESHOW: ORB'S PREAKNESS WORKOUT
I'm not sure if you read my last blog, but I wrote of an odd calm before the Kentucky Derby - a feeling unlike I have felt before any other big race or for that matter before any race that we were running in that we really thought “this horse is special.” I still have that feeling to a degree, but there is definitely something on the line now. That is the fun part, that's what keeps us going – falling asleep at night thinking of your 2-year-olds and wondering if that could be the one to win the Kentucky Derby some day or a Breeders' Cup race, or if your Kentucky Derby winner could win the Preakness. Waking up in the morning and looking at Twitter to see if Orb has already gone to the track and what people are saying.
Technology is a beautiful thing!
I actually texted [trainer] Shug [McGaughey] Sunday morning to see how everything was since there were no Tweets as of 7:00 a.m. All the media must have been sleeping in. :)
I’m not sure how long this ride will last but it has been an unbelievable experience and has been very rewarding to be able to further help charities like the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Safety Net Foundation, which helps those on the backside who care for the horses.
For all of you who have cheered for Orb and all our other horses over the years, we appreciate it and hope we can keep giving you something to cheer about.
So please, GET YOUR PREAK ON, Fly your Preak Flag, Let’s get Preaky, Preak out! Whatever fits you best, we hope to see you at the Preakness. - Daisy
DEVELOPMENT OF ORB INTO DERBY WINNER