“He’ll get a clean break and he’ll be able to sit where he wants to sit,” McGaughey said. “If he’s good enough he’ll be able to make that run, and hopefully he gets there.”
Mylute, the second favorite at 5-1, hopes to take advantage of working out the No. 5 post.
“The draw was great. We’re in the middle and we’ve got Orb and Departing inside of us, which is great because we can watch and see what happens,” said Todd Quast, general manager of GoldMark Farm, co-owner of Mylute. “Our horse ran the same race Orb did in the Derby but was three to fourth lengths behind him. So this time, maybe if we can stay a little closer to him at the beginning, we can maybe turn the tables on him. No disrespect to him, he’s a fantastic horse, but I think our horse is pretty good too.”
Not to mention, Orb is on the rail.
“We need to make up three or four lengths, and that may be one of the factors that helps us,” Quast said.
Orb won the Derby by 21⁄2 lengths, so he remains the horse to beat — even from the rail.
“I don’t know that the rail’s all that bad,” said Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has three horses in the race — Oxbow, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five. “Orb is still the one to beat.”
The field, from the rail, with odds in parenthesis: Orb, Goldencents (8-1), Titletown Five (30-1), Departing (6-1), Mylute (5-1), Oxbow (15-1), Will Take Charge (12-1), Govenor Charlie (12-1) and Itsmyluckyday (10-1).