Orb favored to take Preakness Stakes, set up Triple Crown try

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BALTIMORE — Everything’s a go for Orb.

 The Kentucky Derby winner was in a playful mood the day before the Preakness, making faces for photographers between nibbles of grass outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course.

 ‘‘He’s really settled in well. He seems to be energetic about what he’s doing so I couldn’t be more pleased,’’ trainer Shug McGaughey said on Friday morning. ‘‘We’re excited about giving him a whirl to see if we can get it done and go on to the next step.’’

 Getting it done would mean defeating eight rivals in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness to set up a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes three weeks from Saturday. Orb is an even-money favorite.

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