Orb was the post-time favorite to take the second leg of the Triple Crown, but Oxbow put that talk to rest with a thrilling first-place finish in the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes with a dominating showing at Pimlico Race Course.
Oxbow started from the No. 6 post with 14-1 odds to triumph, but jockey Gary Stevens got a tremendous start from his horse out the gates and never relinquished the lead. The colt held the lead from gate to finish, staving off a late surge from second-place finisher Itsmyluckyday and third-place finisher Mylute.
It was the first wire-to-wire finish at the Preakness in 31 years, as Yahoo! Sports pointed out with this tweet:
|1||Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||Gary Stevens||$620,000||
|2||Itsmyluckyday||Eddie Plesa Jr.||John Velazquez||$200,000||
|3||Mylute||Tom Amoss||Rosie Napravnik||$100,000||$5.20 (show)|
|4||Orb||Shug McGaughey||Joel Rosario||$50,000|
|5||Goldencents||Doug O’Neill||Kevin Krigger||$30,000|
|6||Departing||Albert M. Stall Jr.||Brian Hernandez Jr.||$0|
|7||Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||Mike Smith||$0|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||$0|
|9||Titletown Five||D. Wayne Lukas|| |
*Payouts based on $2 bet. Via America's Best Racing on Twitter.
*$1 million purse
After winning the Kentucky Derby on May 4, Orb was the post-time favorite (3-5) to repeat that feat at the Preakness. But a slow start and an inability to find a clear lane to the front of the pack limited the colt's ability to make a late-race push. Despite being one of the best late closers in the field, jockey Joel Rosario was unable to get his horse through the clutter and into the winner's circle.
After a sixth-place finish at the Derby, Oxbow was a considerable long shot to win the Black-Eyed Susan Blanket Saturday. Veteran jockey Gary Stevens wasn't concerned with the odds, though, as he took the colt on one of the most impressive runs in recent Preakness history.
Itsmyluckyday (8-1) emerged as a late pre-race favorite to turn in a second-place finish with jockey John Velazquez on his back. The colt made a furious push down the stretch, but Oxbow's lead was too substantial to overcome.
Mylute and jockey Rosie Napravnik rounded out the top three with a strong third-place performance. Despite entering with 10-1 odds, Mylute impressed from the No. 5 post, finishing just shy of Itsmyluckyday down the stretch.
*Post-time odds courtesy of NBC telecast. Final odds also found at Bovada.lv.