Just as Kentucky Derby winner Orb impressed on the racetrack, so his offspring are earning admiration in the auction ring. During Orb’s short time at stud, several of his sons and daughters have fetched major prices at sales from coast to coast. The latest in that elite group was a $685,000 colt at the Ocala Breeders Sale Co.’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
Consigned as Hip No. 28 by Randy Miles, agent, the bay colt topped the first session of the sale when he was bought by Three Chimneys Bloodstock, agent. The colt, who breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 at last Monday’s Under Tack session, is out of the Dynaformer mare Vowel, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Dream Nettie. He descends from an impressive Claiborne family that includes his third dam, G1 winner Preach.
“He’s a pretty serious horse,” Jacob West, director of bloodstock services for Three Chimneys, told The Blood-Horse. “He had a nice breeze and good gallop out. He looks good and vets good. We’re pretty excited about him.”
West told the media the colt could be owned in partnership, but that Three Chimneys would be “pretty heavily involved.” The colt will be sent to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.
Orb’s other major sales this year include a $1.25 million colt, who was a session topper at the OBS March auction. Last year, Orb was the leading first-crop yearling sire by average and median. He stands for $25,000 at Claiborne.