Oxbow's win at the 2013 Preakness may have ruined any chance of a Triple Crown winner this year, but it was still an amazing display that horse racing fans won't soon forget.
The 15-1 long shot took the lead out of the gate and never surrendered it, staving off Itsmyluckyday and Mylute, who finished second and third, respectively.
According to Yahoo! Sports, it was the first time that a horse has been a wire-to-wire winner of the Preakness in 31 years.
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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
CBS Sports' Andrew DeWitt tweeted out Oxbow trainer D. Wayne Lukas' and rock star Gene Simmons' reaction to Oxbow's victory. Needless to say, it was a huge day for Oxbow, who faced the second-longest odds of any horse in the field.
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Is that Gene Simmons looking lost behind D Wayne Lukas? https://t.co/F3H0O3JjIE5/18/2013, 10:33:59 PM
As you can see in the replay, Kentucky Derby winner Orb never had a chance of winning. Starting from the No. 1 post, he was boxed in early on and was never able to get off the rail, effectively ruining his chance at winning the ever-elusive Triple Crown.
Here's a full breakdown of where each horse finished:
|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|
Although heavy favorite Orb failed to land in the money, this was still an exciting race and a true show of dominance from a horse that had been counted out by just about everyone.