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Orb's performance in the Preakness could make the Belmont a huge race

Updated: May 17, 2013, 2:24 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

R

ain in springtime. Nature is not a racing fan.

Shug McGaughey surveyed the muddy racetrack at Belmont Park. On Monday, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was to have an important piece of work before leaving for Pimlico and the 138th Preakness. Hopefully, the weather would clear by then, but on Sunday, Belmont was decidedly soggy. Then again, so was Churchill Downs on the day that provided what is, so far, Orb's finest hour.

"It's been a little bit difficult this week ...

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