Oxbow dominated the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt fired ahead of the pack from the beginning. He held off all challengers to take the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The 15-to-1 underdog (per Bovada) dispelled the long odds, doubters and crushed Orb's Triple Crown hopes in the process.
That's why they run the race, that's why the Triple Crown is so hard to sweep. All hail Oxbow. #preakness— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 18, 2013
Here are the official results, per Bovada.
|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 |
If a horse was going to disrupt Orb's run at horse racing immortality, most would have expected it to be Goldencents or Mylute. But as Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman tweeted, this is why they run.
It was a thrilling race to watch, even for those hoping for a Triple Crown winner.
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Two Hall of Famers Triumph Again
Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens added even more accomplishments to their Hall of Fame careers. At 77 years old, Lukas became the oldest trainer to win the Preakness.
The win was also the legendary trainer's sixth win at the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The 50-year-old Stevens is months into his comeback from a seven-year absence from the sport. This is by far the biggest win he's had since returning.
This was his third Preakness victory and ninth win in a Triple Crown race.
35 Years and Counting
What's better: a long shot winning the Preakness or Triple Crown threat heading into the Belmont?
It has now been 35 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown. The sport of kings is still searching for that special horse that can run the gamut of the sport's most celebrated races.
Orb came into the race a huge favorite, but he never seemed to handle the rail position well.
About midway through, jockey Joel Rosario tried to guide the horse to better position, but he was subdued and they fell back as far as sixth.
They finished fourth, which was somewhat respectable, but far beneath what trainer Shug McGaughey had hoped for.
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