There was plenty of hype heading into the Preakness, with several horses earning plenty of attention before the race.
Despite the hype for a potential Triple Crown winner in Orb, it was Oxbow who won, and it really wasn’t close.
Oxbow had a very strong run, leading the entire race. Coming out of post No. 6, the young colt simply got the lead and held on for the entire race.
This was the first time a winner won by leading wire-to-wire in 31 years, according to a tweet by 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.5/18/2013, 10:26:05 PM
Out of the gate, Oxbow got off to a great start. He pushed ahead and had a lead of two lengths heading into the first turn. Goldencents stayed close behind for quite some time, but faltered near the end.
Heading into the final stretch, it looked like Oxbow was going to win by a mile. Both Itsmyluckyday and Mylute did a good job of gaining some ground, but ended in second and third respectively.
Meanwhile, Orb disappointed many who were hoping for a Triple Crown threat. He stayed near the front for a while, but fell hard on the final stretch, finishing out of the money and nine lengths behind the leader.
Gary Stevens added another win to a very impressive career. The Hall of Famer now has three victories at the Preakness, with his third coming at 50 years old.
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!5/18/2013, 10:24:28 PM
Having Stevens as his jockey certainly didn’t hurt Oxbow’s chances. Stevens rode him perfectly, maintaining the lead for the entire race.
D. Wayne Lukas did a fabulous job training this horse, earning yet another major racing win. This was his sixth victory at the Preakness, proving that he is one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport.
With two Hall of Famers helping out Oxbow, it seemed only a matter of time for the horse to pull off a major win. He came in sixth back at the Kentucky Derby in early May, and his last win came in January.
The switch to Stevens as Oxbow’s jockey came in April. The two came in fifth at the Arkansas Derby, but it seemed Stevens was looking happy to be out of retirement.
It was quite a dominating performance for Oxbow. Even though there won't be a Triple Crown winner in 2013, fans can be impressed from a big win by Oxbow and keep hoping for next year.