THE TRAINER of Normandy Invasion said his fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will miss the Preakness and get ready for a summer campaign that includes the Travers Stakes in August.
Trainer Chad Brown said yesterday that after a talk with owner Rick Porter the decision was made to rest the colt rather than bring him back on 2 weeks' rest.
Normandy Invasion took the lead in the stretch of last weekend's Derby before finishing fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind Orb.
Orb went for a 1 1/2-mile gallop around Belmont Park yesterday, and is set for his final workout today before being vanned to Baltimore for the Saturday's Preakness.
Among the challengers Orb is likely to face in the second leg of the Triple Crown are Derby runners Mylute (fifth), Oxbow (sixth), Will Take Charge (eighth), Itsmyluckyday (15th) and Goldencents (17th), with Vyjack (18th) still under consideration. New shooters include Illinois Derby winner Departing, trainer Bob Baffert's Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five.
Departing worked 4 furlongs in 50 2/5 yesterday at Churchill Downs, and is expected to arrive at Pimlico on Wednesday. Departing and Orb shared a paddock in their early days at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.
Itsmyluckyday, a runner-up to Orb in the Florida Derby prior to the Kentucky Derby, worked 4 furlongs in 47 1/5 between the third and fourth races at Monmouth Park yesterday.
Sport Stops *
Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former CU offensive lineman Alex Lewis have been charged with second-degree assault. Athletic spokesman Dave Plati said the two were arrested early Saturday morning, but he declined to comment about the charges because he hadn't seen the arrest affidavit. Webb was Colorado's primary starter last season, throwing for 1,434 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions. He is recovering after tearing his right ACL during spring practice. Lewis, the starting left guard, announced Friday he was transferring to Nebraska.
* The United States, Canada, Russia and Switzerland clinched quarterfinal berths at the hockey world championships Sunday. The Americans beat Germany, 3-0, as Bobby Butler and Paul Stastny scored within the first 5 minutes. The Flyers' Wayne Simmonds scored as Canada defeated the Czech Republic, 2-1.
* Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home fans in Barcelona to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get back in the Formula One title race. Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second.
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Former Temple defensive back Maurice Jones, a 3-year starter, signed a rookie free agent contract with the Chicago Bears. Jones is the fifth Temple player to sign with an NFL team this spring. He joins running back Montel Harris (Buccaneers), kicker Brandon McManus (Colts), offensive lineman Martin Wallace (Browns) and defensive end John Youboty (Broncos).