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Orb could join Fountain of Youth fray
Recent allowance winner Orb will likely run in next Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, providing that he pleases trainer Shug McGaughey in a workout scheduled for Monday.
"I'm looking towards it. I'm going to work him on Monday and make up my mind," McGaughey said. "I'm leaning that way, because there's nowhere else to run him."
The homebred colt of Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable, who broke his maiden at Aqueduct in his fourth lifetime start on November 24, came right back to capture a 1 1/8-mile entry-level allowance at Gulfstream on January 26 despite encountering traffic in the first turn.
"When I came down here after he broke his maiden, I thought it was a deal where I'd get to run him a couple times and then when we got him back to New York and we'd run him over the bigger track -- and that'd be his gig," McGaughey said.
"He was a surprise the other day, but he was training awfully well for it."
Assuming all goes well in Monday's workout, the son of Malibu Moon will clash with undefeated Violence in the Fountain of Youth. Since breaking his maiden in his debut at Saratoga on August 18, the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Medaglia d'Oro won the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct and the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.
It won't be the first meeting between the two colts, however. Orb also debuted at Saratoga on August 18, closing with a rush to finish third, just 1 1/4 lengths behind Violence, after getting away last from the rail post position in the seven-furlong race.