Oxbow won the 2013 Preakness Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, beating out Itsmyluckyday and Mylute with an impressive sprint to finish the race.
Starting from the No. 6 post, jockey Gary Stevens guided Oxbow to a masterful race. The duo got off to a brilliant start and never looked back. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the No. 6 post has produced more victories than any other spot for this race:
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Oxbow wins Preakness from the No. 6 post position. The No. 6 horse has won the Preakness 16 times, the most of any post position.2013-5-18 22:26:48
The weather wasn't a factor in this race, as the little bit of rain that did fall on Saturday wasn't enough to muddy up the track.
Instead, the cool conditions and cloud cover provided the perfect setting for Oxbow's brilliant victory, as you can see here, courtesy of the Preakness Stakes on Twitter:
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Horses making their way to the saddling area #getyourpreakon http://t.co/JKYoYUl9pH2013-5-18 21:50:14
In second place behind Oxbow was Itsmyluckyday. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez engineered a brilliant race, but the duo couldn't come up with the right combination to win. Rosie Napravnik and Mylute also finished in the money by coming in at third place.
Here's a quick look at the final standings, courtesy of Bovada.
|1||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||6|
|2||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr.||9|
|3||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||5|
|4||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude 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|
Horse racing fans were treated to a fabulous race, but the action on the track wasn't the only treat to be found at the Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
ESPN's Darren Rovell was at the race, and while he waited for the Preakness to begin he posted an image of the official drink of the Preakness, which is called a "Black-Eyed Susan":
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The Black Eyed Susan, official drink of the Preakness ($9) http://t.co/STlACL36wP2013-5-18 17:26:23
Those must taste better than they look, because the crowd was in high spirits before, during and after the race.
Oxbow's wire-to-wire victory was the first at the Preakness in 31 years, according to Yahoo! Sports:
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And Oxbow becomes the first wire-to-wire winner at the #Preakness in 31 years! #Orb disappointingly finishes out of the money.2013-5-18 22:26:05
It was certainly a shocker, as Orb (fourth place) was a 3-5 favorite to win the race before the start. Obviously losing this chance at a Triple Crown will be tough for trainer Claude McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario to handle.
Given Oxbow's impressive sixth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby and his win on Saturday, it's clear that this is a horse to be taken seriously in the last leg of the Triple Crown, should Lukas decide to run him.
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