Announced the morning of November 5, 2013, this year’s Kentucky Derby Winner has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Claiborne Farm in 2014.
According to a news release from Claiborne Farm, “The decision to retire Orb was made with mixed emotions,” said co-owner Stuart S. Janney III. “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.”
2013 Derby Winning trainer, Claude R. (Shug) McGaughey said, “I was quietly very confident on Derby day, and he proved without a doubt what kind of a 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.”
The Derby winner and multiple Grade 1 winner will stand for $25,000. Orb was foaled and raised at Claiborne Farm fro owner/breeders Janney and Phipps. Orb earned $2,612,516 with five wins and three placings from 12 starts.