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A bit disappointed as a fan, but Shug knows his horse. Happy that he's going to Claiborne...
"One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent." H.L. Mencken
With Orb I can understand retiring him now. Personally I think he peaked in April and then lost half a step. I also don't think he would have had a great 4 yo career. If it would be Will Take Charge I would be really disappointed but in the case of Orb I think retirement was the best decision.
He had one really good race in him, which he ran. They likely figured his fee would be higher now than next year if he doesn't run any better than he has since the Derby. How many nice stallion prospects (other than Verazzono will be retiring this year?)
In full agreement with everybody who doesn't think this is a terrible decision. Orb was never in the exacta in 4 tries after the Derby and his race in the Jockey Club Gold Cup was completely forgettable. At the end of the day he was probably the type of horse that peaked at the right time, but he was never going to move forward from that. We saw what Orb could do with a perfect setup on his best day...and then we saw what Orb couldn't do when removed from his best day. Nice horse, good horse, but the best decision for his legacy is this one.