The 138th Preakness Stakes featured a major upset as Oxbow was able to take down Orb and the rest of the field to win the prestigious race.
Starting from the No. 6 post, the horse got off to a strong start in this nine-horse field, holding the lead from wire to wire. Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, came in with 3-5 odds but finished in fourth place.
For the 35th year in a row, there will be no Triple Crown winner.
Finishing in second place was Itsmyluckyday, while Rosie Napravnik's Mylute also had a strong showing, finishing in third place.
Here is a look at the full standings:
|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||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|
Oxbow was a bit of a long shot in this race after an average performance at Churchill Downs when he finished in sixth place. However, veteran jockey Gary Stevens helped the horse run a perfect race to get the best of this strong field.
Orb came into the race as the overwhelming favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby by 2.5 lengths. Jockey Joel Rosario proved his skill in that event by leading his mount on a come-from-behind victory over the large field.
At Pimlico, however, this team was unable to win for the sixth race in a row, and it will lead to a Belmont Stakes with less energy.
Goldencents had another disappointing showing after coming in as one of the favorites. He was expected to do well at Churchill Downs, but he ended up in 17th place. This time around, he could not finish in the money in a much smaller field.
Bob Baffert also had high expectations for Govenor Charlie after the horse was forced to miss the Kentucky Derby. The trainer had five career wins at the Preakness Stakes, but he could not do the same this time around.
D. Wayne Lukas had the most invested in this race with three horses in the field: Oxbow, Titletown Five and Will Take Charge. While the latter two did not finish in the money, he should be more than excited with his sixth career win at the Preakness.
Rosie Napravnik was looking to become the first female jockey ever to win the Preakness Stakes aboard Mylute. She ended in third place, although this is still a major accomplishment. She continues to break down boundaries after having the highest finish for a woman at the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
As exciting of a race as this was, it still comes with disappointment. Orb is still a very talented horse and should compete at the Belmont along with Oxbow and others, but there is certain to be much less excitement for the Long Island race.
Still, Oxbow deserves all the credit for a strong performance to win the 2013 Preakness.
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