A good-looking horse from a family with class and speed, Kentucky Derby winner Orb went to stud at his birthplace, Claiborne Farm, for co-owners Stuart Janney and Phipps Stable and has been well-appreciated and well-received there. Judging from the initial reception of his first-crop 2-year-olds, the bay son of Malibu Moon is going to stay popular.

In part, this is due to the selection of prospects by Orb for the in-training sales. Among these bright and shiny young athletes, their young sire appears to be channeling Malibu Moon, who is a force mightily in favor among 2-year-old sales consignors and buyers. They have muscularity and early development that suggests speed at 2.

Overall in the variety of offspring by the stallion at the yearling sales and in early training, however, Orb is reproducing many of the classic qualities of his famous classic-winning grandsires, A.P Indy (Belmont Stakes) and Unbridled (Kentucky Derby). Niall Brennan, who handled Orb through his breaking and early training, has worked with several 2-year-olds by the young sire and said that they are shaping up like “late-summer or fall 2-year-olds.”

From what we’ve seen of the juveniles in training to this point, the Orb horses appear to be good, average-sized, and athletic, with “great cardios and mental attitudes for their training,” Brennan added.

That is all great news for breeders and buyers looking to find the next “good thing” among the young stallions producing the next generation of racehorses. At the Gulfstream sale, one Orb juvenile went through the ring, and that colt out of Spring Awakening brought $500,000 from China Horse Club and WinStar Farm.

At the OBS March sale this week, there were 15 juveniles by Orb cataloged, which is an indication of how the stallion’s young horses in training are being assessed by their consignors and owners. Among the interesting lots by Orb are colts and fillies of differing sizes and colors.

Hip 589 is a gray filly out of stakes winner Her Sweet Saint, a full sister to stakes winner Saint Knows (both by the Saint Ballado stallion Sweetsouthernsaint). This is the family of the bob-tailed wonder, Sea Cadet, winner of the G1 Donn Handicap.

Hip 628 is a chestnut colt out of stakes winner Jaramar Rain (Thunder Gulch), and Hip 677 is a bay colt out of a stakes-producing Johannesburg mare. The latter worked a furlong in :10, which puts him in a tie with Hip 127, a striking big bay colt out of the Forest Wildcat mare Remember, as the fastest sales workers by their sire.

Eleven of the Orb juveniles worked a furlong, and the most common work time for the Orbs was :10 3/5, which is a “little slow” for headlines and sale glory but is plenty fast for any other consideration. The works ranged from the pair at :10 to a quartet at :10 3/5, and the spread in work times is probably as important as the difference in coat color. Coat color doesn’t mean anything if a stallion’s progeny can run.

Class and athleticism are the stallion’s ace cards, and some are sure to win early, while the best are likely to be seen in the fall.

Below are the sales results from the OBS March sale for the Orb juveniles consigned:


8 10.1 F Orb Maracuya Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent II 140,000 Not Sold
110 out F Orb Quick Flip Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XVIII Withdrawn Out
127 10.0 C Orb Remember Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent V Solis / Litt 1,250,000
172 10.1 F Orb Sheer Beauty Sequel Bloodstock, Agent John P. Fort 260,000
240 10.1 F Orb Sweet Belle Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent XXII Eddie Kenneally, Agent 120,000 PS
247 out F Orb Tazarine Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent XXIII Withdrawn Out
265 out F Orb Trendsetting SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent Withdrawn Out
289 10.3 C Orb Wallstreeter Eisaman Equine, Agent T. McGreevy, Agent for Fox Hill Farms, Inc. 150,000
365 out C Orb Barbette Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XII Withdrawn Out
424 out C Orb Charming N Lovable Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent I Withdrawn Out
427 out C Orb Cherryblossommiss Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent X Withdrawn Out
461 out F Orb Court of Appeal Eddie Woods, Agent XLIX Withdrawn Out
589 10.2 F Orb Her Sweet Saint Best A Luck Farm LLC, Agent 95,000 Not Sold
628 out C Orb Jaramar Rain Eddie Woods, Agent IX Withdrawn Out
677 10.0 C Orb Lynnette de Meric Sales, Agent XXXVI Todd A. Pletcher, Agent 600,000