Oxbow helped derail Orb's chase toward history as Gary Stevens jockeyed his horse to a nearly wire-to-wire upset win in the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday afternoon.
Oxbow, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, finished in one minute, 57.54 seconds and won by one-and-three-fourths lengths.
Two Kentucky Derby also-rans rounded out the money finishers. Itsmyluckyday, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., took second. Mylute, ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Tom Amoss, took third.
Orb, who was trying to become the 13th winner of the first two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed swept all three races in 1978, just never mounted his finishing kick.
He did not appear to handle starting on the rail well in his fourth-place effort. He was looking to become just the second horse since 1961 to win the Preakness after starting in Post No. 1.
The Associated Press tweeted the results:
AP Sports @AP_Sports
Oxbow wins the #Preakness after leading from the start; Orb finishes fourth: http://t.co/URyjBCASEJ (@rosenblattap) #TripleCrown2013-5-18 22:36:57
The race got off to a clean start with Oxbow and Goldencents setting the early pace. Oxbow never tired and finished strong.
Check out the final results below:
|1||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||6||$32.80, $12.00, $6.80|
|2||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr.||9||$7.80, $5.00|
|3||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||5||$5.20|
|4||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey||1|
|5||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O'Neill||2|
|6||Departing||Brian Hernandez Jr||Albert M. Stall, Jr||4|
|7||Will Take Charge||Mike Smith||D. Wayne Lukas||7|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||8|
|9||Titletown Five||Julien Leparoux||D. Wayne Lukas||3 |
*Results and payouts according to Bovada.
For Hall of Fame trainer Lukas, this was his sixth Preakness win. He now moves into second place all time on the Preakness victory list. The win moved him out of a tie with Bob Baffert and Thomas J. Healey. It leaves him behind only Robert Wyndham Walden, who won the Preakness seven times.
Lukas certainly stood a good chance at claiming the top spot in the Preakness, as he had 33 percent of the field. Will Take Charge and Titletown Five are also Lukas horses.
Orb was so impressive in workouts leading up to the Preakness that Lukas, via the Block News Alliance's Rick Bozich, was inspired to say, "Orb's work the other day would make you not want to enter."
This was Lukas' 14th win in a Triple Crown race.
Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV tweeted this fun fact:
Bruce Beck @BruceBeck4NY
A win for the old guard - Gary Stevens & D. Wayne Lukas as Oxbow shocks in the Preakness! The 2 men are 127 years young combined!2013-5-18 22:25:31
Hall of Fame jockey Stevens got his horse off to a strong start and was able to take the lead without having to set a punishing pace.
Stevens sounded like he had a blast. ESPN Pittsburgh's David Todd passed along this quote from Stevens:
David Todd @DavidMTodd
Great interview from Gary Stevens post-Preakness win on Oxbow. “Pretty much walked the dog.” Classic.2013-5-18 22:27:23
ESPN highlighted the impressive tally of accomplishments for Stevens:
3 wins in the Derby, 3 wins at Belmont, and now 3 wins in the #Preakness for jockey Gary Stevens. What a wire-to-wire win for Oxbow!2013-5-18 22:24:28
Oxbow finished sixth in the Derby, and he tired after a fast opening pace. This time he benefited from the smaller field and a strong run.
Oxbow's win leaves the June 8 Belmont wide open. No matter what happens now, we will have to wait at least another year for a Triple Crown winner.