ORB retired

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Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:35 pm

A bit disappointed as a fan, but Shug knows his horse. Happy that he's going to Claiborne...

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Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:07 pm

It would be nice to see him run next year, but only if he was back on his game.

Can you assume with any confidence he'd be better next year than he was in the JCGC?
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:37 pm

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.
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:11 pm

Just seems that running in all 3 of the Triple Crown races takes so much out of the horses these days... Really liked this guy and hoped to watch him run next year, but now will have to wait for his foals...
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:18 pm

Happy and healthy retirement Orb.at least we can say he's sound.WTC for HOTY
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:50 pm

Not shocking but still disappointing. :/
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:16 pm

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?)
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:45 pm

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.
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