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Breeders' Cup 2017

Orb retires to Claiborne Farm


The following is a press release from Claiborne Farm on today's announced retirement of Orb ...


Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable’s homebred Kentucky Derby-G1 winner ORB has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Claiborne Farm in 2014.  The millionaire and multiple Grade 1 winner will stand for $25,000 live foal stands and nurses.

“The decision to retire ORB was made with mixed emotions,” said co-owner Janney. “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 propelled himself to the ranks of top 3-year-old thanks to a five-race winning streak that started in the fall of his 2-year-old season and culminated with an impressive 2 1/2-length win in the Kentucky Derby-G1.  ORB made his stakes debut in the Fountain of Youth-G2 and, in a break-out performance, he came from off the pace to run down the favorite in the stretch and win by a half-length. In his next start, the Florida Derby-G1, ORB settled mid-pack, made a bold move on the far turn, then took the lead in the stretch to cruise home by 2 3/4 lengths.  In the Kentucky Derby-G1, ORB had to overcome an awkward start and was seventeenth after three-quarters.  Fifth after a mile, he began to move in the far turn going six wide, was a half-length off the lead at the top of the stretch, then drew clear for an emphatic win over the sloppy going.  

“I was thoroughly amazed at the progress this colt made from January to the first Saturday in May,” said Hall-of-Fame trainer Claude R. (Shug) McGaughey. “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.”

ORB was foaled and raised at Claiborne Farm for owner/breeders Janney and Phipps.  A son of top sire Malibu Moon, who has a dozen current-year stakes winners, ORB is out of the Unbridled mare Lady Liberty. Second dam is Black-Eyed Susan-G2 winner Mesabi  Maiden. ORB is from a distaff family that has been owned by the Janney family for five generations.  It traces to Broodmare-of-the-Year Shenanigans, dam of the legendary Ruffian, and includes Wood Memorial-G1 winner and Kentucky Derby-G1 runner-up Private Terms. ORB earned $2,612,516 and retires with five wins and three placings from 12 starts. 

“It’s exciting to have a Kentucky Derby-G1 winner coming to the farm,” said Claiborne representative Bernie Sams, “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.”

For more information contact Bernie Sams (859) 233-4252 or email bernie@claibornefarm.com. 


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Everything is relative,for others the Travers may of been respectable.When you ar talking about the Derby winner and using the term respectable,something is wrong.The Travers was a flat race.He stopped running at the eigth ploe.He was fortunate that nobody was coming at the end.That was a reason i did not like PM going forward.Regardless of a little problem at the start.He could not pass a horse who was running on fumes.The Phipps and whoever calls the shots realized.If they can't have the horse that won the Derby,why risk it.But at what they thought they had.The words respectable and competetive,are not and should not ever be in Orbs or any other horse of that high caliber.
I have always he went in all three TC races because of the marketing deal they had with Masserati and of course Belmont was the Phipps-Janney home base. His a Travers wasn't bad, thought he would have done better with an allowance tune up prior to the race. In the JCGC, he not only didn't show up, he didn't even run a lick. With no apparent injury, lack of interest seems to be the culprit IMO.
No one called his travers a decline performance. He ran respectable for his lay off. Just couldn't beat a monster wtc. And he never should of been in the Belmont. Not a mile and a half horse (very few are) and that was his third race in five weeks. Also the Preakness he had an awful trip on the inside. Didn't set up nicely for him. I don't think those performances can be blamed on lost of interest. Only race orb didn't show up for was the JCGC.
They originally were planning a retirement after the JCGC.I think someone had the Loose lips.They decided to let the horse tell them if he wanted to race anymore.His retirement is a resounding no.I definately do not think the decission was based on anything physical.Maybe he lost interest or many other factors.I have been very critical of these connections.But at least here,they are doing right by the horse.They recognized the situation and made a decission. Congratulations for not pushing the envelope.He was to good and succesful horse to go out any other way.
That should be NOT what they wanted.
Shug was certainly puzzled by the JCGC performance and said so. Possibly his training for the Cigar was what they wanted or thought he needed and they decided to pull the plug on his racing.
Northport. I agree he did get progressively worse with no real reason. Ruffian lover. How many off performances would one need to show lack of interest.
I don't know if it can be considered just an off day when he got progressively worse as time went on with little explanation
I don't think we should jump to conclusions and assume he isn't interested. Maybe he just had an off day. It does happen people. For whatever reason. Plenty of horses did it this year. Wtc in the Preakness and Belmont. Verrazano in the travers. Orb in the JCGC. It doesn't mean they're done- let the horse run next year this is so bad for the sport it's not even funny. And very surprising decision coming from the connections
I have been an Orb supporter from the beginning, but his JCGC finish was indicative of a horse that had lost interest in the game. Why continue racing him and take a chance he could get hurt. Yes I am sure stud value came into play, why wouldn't it? This is a business after all.
It just doesn't seem right unless they didn't think he had a good chance in the cigar mile.
They don't want him to lose any more value as a stud. But by all means, let's keep retiring our equine stars at three ... Between this and the drug issue, the industry wonders why the sport is dying
shug said that he is retiring sound, so most likely no issues there. could be that he lost interest (most likely) or they realize he has potential to be a great stud. or if you want to think negatively, it could be all about the money. but WE WILL NEVER KNOW because all of this is speculation since we're not the janneys or shug. (fyi this is not directed towards you ruffianlover haha).
Wow... So disappointing. I loved this horse. Wonder if something is wrong with him that they're not telling us

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