People.com Lifestyle Pets What Happens After the Kentucky Derby? Where the Past 6 Big Race Winners Are Now Most of the past Kentucky Derby winners have retired from racing and have started their stud careers By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 4, 2018 02:56 PM Share Tweet Pin Email As the Race for the Roses approaches this weekend, people across the county are rushing to bet on which horse will take the top prize at Churchill Downs. The oddsmaker at the Kentucky Derby racetrack has put horse Omaha Beach at the favored 4-1 odds for the 2019 race, reports CBS Sports. Last year’s favorite, Justify, won the Kentucky Derby and the coveted Triple Crown. While America eagerly awaits the results, PEOPLE is looking at what happens after the roses are bestowed and the race is over. After winning the Kentucky Derby, some horses retire, others continue to race and many horses become studs, with others paying big money to breed their mares with the triumphant males in hopes that the winning genes will be passed down. See where the past six Kentucky Derby winners are now below. 2018 Winner Justify Horsephotos/Getty After winning the Triple Crown last year, Justify almost went for the Grand Slam. To earn this title, the horse had to win the Breeders Cup Classic. Unfortunately, Justify experienced swelling in his legs before the big race and did not compete. The Kentucky Derby winner retired from racing in July 2018, reports USA Today. 2017 Winner Always Dreaming Patrick Smith/Getty Always Dreaming continued to race in the 2017 season, but placed 8th at the Preakness and did not compete in the Belmont Stakes. According to Horse Racing Nation, Always Dreaming took a break from racing after ulcers were found in the horse’s stomach. After being cleared by a veterinarian the horse returned to racing in 2018. RELATED VIDEO: Always Dreaming Wins 2017 Kentucky Derby 2016 Winner Nyquist Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated/Getty According to Daily Race Form, the horse retired after his 2016 season, unable to earn another big win. On Oct. 16, it was announced that Nyquist would start his first year at stud in 2017, with a fee of $40,000 for those looking to mate their mares with the winner. 2015 Winner American Pharaoh Horsephotos/Getty This racehorse is the only equine to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing, having won all the races for America’s Triple Crown and the Breeder’s Cup Classic in 2015. After this historic year, American Pharaoh retired and started his stud career. His fee for 2016 was set for $200,000, reports Paulick Report. The horse’ first colt was born in 2017. 2014 Winner California Chrome Andy Lyons/Getty The 2014 winner of the Kentucky Derby continued to race after this win, going on to win the Preakness that same year and the Dubai World Cup in 2016. California Chrome’s stud career started in 2017 and currently has a fee of $40,000, reports the New York Times. The thoroughbred’s first foal was born in 2018. 2013 Winner Orb Al Bello/Getty Orb retired from racing at the end of 2013, starting his stud career the next year. His stud fee is $25,000, according to Claiborne Farm. BloodHorse reports that Orb now has one winning offspring. His sire Earth won his debut race at Gulfstream Park.