11/05/2013 10:46AM

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.”