11/05/2013 11:46AM

Kentucky Derby winner Orb retired to Claiborne Farm

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Barbara D. Livingston
Orb, shown winning the Kentucky Derby last May, has been retired to Claiborne Farm and will stand for $25,000 in 2014.

Orb, winner of the 2013 Kentucky Derby, has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., for an advertised fee of $25,000, payable when the foal stands and nurses.

The 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon retires with five wins in 12 career starts for earnings of $2,612,516 racing as a homebred for Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable. He was trained by Shug McGaughey.

“The decision to retire Orb was made with mixed emotions,” Janney said. “While I believe he would have had a very successful 4-year-old campaign, and Phipps Stable and I would have loved being a part of that, Orb is a wonderful stallion prospect. We look forward to supporting him and to racing his offspring.”

Orb broke his maiden in his fourth and final start as a juvenile, then returned in 2013 to quickly become one of the leading Florida-based Kentucky Derby contenders at Gulfstream Park. After an optional claiming win to kick off the year, Orb won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, and then cemented himself as a threat in the classics with a 2 3/4-length score in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Those performances made Orb the post-time favorite in the Kentucky Derby. In that race, the colt bided his time, moving six-wide in a sloppy Churchill Downs stretch and powering clear to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Orb also went off as the favorite in the final two legs of the Triple Crown, finishing fourth to Oxbow in the Preakness Stakes and third to Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes.

After the Triple Crown season, Orb returned for a summer campaign with a third place finish in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes before finishing last in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes. He was then given some time off and was being pointed toward a start in the Cigar Mile Handicap on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.

“I was thoroughly amazed at the progress this colt made from January to the first Saturday in May,” McGaughey said. “I was quietly very confident on Derby day, and he proved without a doubt what kind of horse he was in a race of great magnitude.  He is retiring completely sound, and while I’m sorry to see him move on, it seems like an opportune time for him to begin his next career.”

Bred in Kentucky, Orb is out of the winning Unbridled mare Lady Liberty, who is a producer of two winners from three foals to race. She was bred to Malibu Moon for the 2014 foaling season, meaning she is carrying a full sibling to the Kentucky Derby winner.

Orb is a member of the Janney family breeding program going back at least six generations, and he was foaled and raised at Claiborne Farm. His lineage traces back to Broodmare of the Year Shenanigans, dam of champion Ruffian.

“It’s exciting to have a Kentucky Derby winner coming to the farm,” said Bernie Sams of Claiborne Farm, “and it’s even more exciting when it’s a horse that was raised here for people like Stuart Janney and the Phippses. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Brenda Benavidez More than 1 year ago
Matthew & all those people who keep telling themselves that, Just STOP! Enough with that "it was a sloppy track & fast pace" ...wah wah wah. ! Please. If those other horses were so good they would have held on to their own "melting" pace they provided on their own. I have respect for those horses too but im just sick & tired of those fools who keep trashing a horse. Orb won the Derby period. You can't take that away from him. One time that he finishes out of the money in a race & everybody throws at him. A fluke IS a longshot horse who didnt win nothing before the Derby & always finished out of the $ & had no chance to win the Derby but yet he won. Orb had what it took to win the Derby & he proved it in his victories in the Florida Derby & FOY. & he proved it also by winning the Derby & he wasnt a longshot. Yea he finished last in the JCGC, so what. He is not the first horse & the last to win the Derby & not win after that. There was many before him that failed to win the TC & failed to continue winning races & there will be more next year & the years to come. Some complain about "not having nothing to root for" in the future, well look now. We have beautiful animals to root for now & for what they did & instead you guys are trashing them for what they didn't do. We dont need people like you who all they do is sit there pointing fingers thinking you guys can decide who is great & who is not. Which horse deserves this & which one doesnt. The heart of a champion is the one who doesnt give up no matter the pace, no matter the surface, no matter the competition & the one who is not ashamed & keeps his head held high even when he finishes behind the rest of the field. Dislike or Like .. I don't care.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
You obviously know nothing about horseracing. Pace makes the race. The horse stinks. Get a clue.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
Orb was 19th the first 1/2 mile and when the race COLLAPSED, orb was the beneficiary. The 19th , 17th, and 16th place horses at the halfway point finished 1st 2nd and 3rd. I don't know what it means to say a horse should hold on to there own melting pace. You should let me know. You seem to be very educated in horse racing.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
I think most are missing the point. The Phipps and Janneys have all the money in the world. That has NOTHING to do with the decision. It has to do with the direction this horse has gone in since May. He finished LAST in the jockey club gold cup. He was AWFUL. In the derby he was the beneficiary of a pace melt down over a soupy track. That was a fluke race. If palace malice does not put the blinkers on and run off Orb never has a chance. Remember it was the 3rd fastest 1/4 and 1/2 in derby history over a terribly sloppy surface. I was there and believe me it was a bad racing surface. He beat an injured horse in Florida who came out of the race and retired(Violence) and a sprinter (merit man). He was a decently bred horse who could get the mile and a quarter. Nothing more.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
Clueless?? Everyone on here who as a little common sense, knows its a close race between Orb and WTC. Calling someone names for predicting who will win just shows the type of person you are.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
You are more than clueless. I think u r missing a chromosome.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
By the way clueless is an adjective for your comment , not a name. Name calling would be me calling you retarded.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
25000 stud fee, seems like a good deal for a horse that will be 3yr old of the year. I think he'll win the award in a photo finish. WTC would have got it if he beats MMM.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
You are absolutely clueless. This horse has no chance of any award. He was the beneficiary of a pace melt down over a soupy track derby day and subsequently never won another race. Off to the glue factory. Good luck for $25000. I wouldn't pay 25 cents to have my mare bred to Him.
Brenda Benavidez More than 1 year ago
Just STOP! Enough with that "it was a sloppy track & fast pace" ...wah wah wah. ! Please. If those other horses were so good they would have held on to their own "melting" pace they provided on their own. Orb won the Derby period. You cant take that away from him. One time that he finishes out of the money in a race & everybody throws at him. A fluke IS a longshot horse who didnt win nothing before the Derby & had no chance to win the Derby but yet he won. Orb had what it took to win the Derby & he proved it in his victories in the Florida Derby & FOY. He is not the first horse & the last to win the Derby & not win after that. There was many before him that will fail to win the TC & continue to win races & there will be more next year & the years to come.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
Fail to win the triple crown?.? He couldn't win an allowance race now. Why do u think they retired him dummy.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Don't see how they can expect 25,000 for the fee. Real Quiet, I think accomplished a lot more and he started at only 15 or 20,000, and his blood was pretty darn "blue", too..
B More than 1 year ago
Perhaps if there was more money to be won by racing than there is by breeding, as was once the case, we would have the good ones race longer which in turn might revive the sport. People want to root for the best or their favorites, but we seldom give them the chance to do so and we are not creating a new fan base the way things currently are.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
You know I find it amazing that a Triple Crown winner in Japan can remain running through his 5yo season but yet nothing we produce here can ever last through their 3yo seasons. Japan seems to be swallowing up all our good distance horses and it's pathetic. They have tremendous success with them it just makes me wonder why we even have a sport. Because horse racing isn't a sport and hasn't been since the 1990s. We no longer see great rivalries or good racing because no one wants to run against each other anymore and when they do they gripe about weights. I now watch more Australian, European and Japanese racing than American racing because it's fun to watch the great fields, the great horses and *distance* races we sorely lack here. Racing needs to take a REAL look at what is working for other countries because we are losing fans in droves year after year simply because they can't follow anyone or the black eyes with drug violations and such. It's time for a MAJOR change in the industry before it self implodes and there's nothing left to root for.
Petra Neumueller More than 1 year ago
Well said. Though I would like to make one tiny point: Europe isn't much better than the U.S. About the only reason connections race good horses against each other is because they have to, since we lack the varied options over here. As for the Japanese "swallowing up" good distance horses ... in Germany, we had three outstanding long-distance horses in the past three years: Night Magic, Danedream, and Novellist. They all went to Japan with German owners showing no resistance to the big bucks offered. For the small breeding operation we have, it is devastating to see that almost each horse of international class the country produces wanders off to the Japanese.
michael More than 1 year ago
Stuart Money retires a sound horse, why not race him if hes sound and not in danger. Loved his KD, but this retirement is all about the money.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
The breeding market appears very healthy with plenty of money being thrown around at the Keenland November breeding stock sale. I was a little surprised at the numbers. Some examples, the numbers are millions. Mama Kimbo 1.2 Juanita 1.2 R Heat Lighting 1.6 Joyful Victory 2 Lady of Shamrock 2 Rhumb Line 2 Eblouissante 2.1 In Lingerie, in foal to Frankel, 2.4 Mizdirection 2.7 Love and Pride 4.9 Betterbetterbetter, a Galileo mare in foal to War Front, 5.2
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Lady of Shamrock 2 million, WOW.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Not saying any of these numbers represent value, but who would you rather have, Mizdirection at 2.7 million, or In Lingerie in foal to Frankel at 2.4 million.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I think there is some question as to if Eblouissante will race again or not. Groupie Doll is selling as well.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Groupie Doll is on the block?? Wholey cow! In lingerie seemed like the bargain, per your example,
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Yeah I would take my chances on the Foal, love mizdirection but would not pay that much for a track and distance specialist at 61/2 furlongs
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Rhumb line throws runners all day long.
Petra Neumueller More than 1 year ago
Retiring a three-year-old "completely sound" has no longer anything to do with refining the gene-pool, but it has everything to do with the fear of further failure and loss of status and value - and ultimately money. Thoroughbred breeding is headed down the wrong trail most everywhere in the world, since business and money have become the guiding principles of the choices made by breeders. With this, I'm not saying that horses should race until they are forced to retire due to injuries, but if they end their careers on just a handful of races, how can we know anything about their resistance and physical stamina, two important factors for moving breeding forward (and not backward)?
Roger More than 1 year ago
Retired this one too late. Stud fee could have been tripled if retired after the Preakness. I knew he was done. I said it at that time he should be retired. They took a chance and lost.