Oxbow won the 138th annual Preakness Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, but perhaps the biggest story on Saturday was the horses that didn't finish in the money.
Biggest Disappointment at Pimlico on Saturday was...
Finishing in second place behind Oxbow was Itsmyluckyday, followed by Mylute.
The big name missing from the top three was certainly Orb—the Kentucky Derby winner and heavy betting favorite before the race.
Goldencents and Departing were also notably absent.
Here's a quick look at the final standings from Saturday's big race, 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|
Now it's time to take a look at the biggest disappointments from Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
Orb: Post No. 1
Orb got stuck up against the rail from the get-go on Saturday, and jockey Joel Rosario had trouble getting him out of that troublesome spot.
By the time the horses had cleared the second turn, however, Orb was on the outside and made a nice push to move into third place. That was a tentative arrangement, however, as Orb was then forced back inside.
By the time the field cleared the final turn, Orb was fully boxed in, and Rosario was unable to find an opening to the front of the pack.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at this outcome. After all, the No. 1 post has been traditionally damning over the course of the past 40-plus years, per David Grening of the Daily Racing Form:
Tabasco Cat (1994) only Preakness winner from the rail since 1961. #orb— David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 15, 2013
Still, given the level of hype surrounding this horse, a finish outside the money was the last thing anyone expected. Orb's 2013 Preakness failure puts to rest any notion of a potential Triple Crown in 2013.
Departing: Post No. 4
Departing had a couple of things working in his favor entering the race.
Not only was this a fresh horse (Departing didn't race at the Derby), but a favorable draw with the No. 4 post should have produced a better start than we saw on Saturday. Indeed, Departing got off to a flawless start, but by the time the field hit the first turn, this horse was in the middle of the pack.
Oxbow pushed the pace, and Departing's jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. was unable to get his horse back into the front.
Heading into the final stretch, however, Departing had prime position on the inside, but the horse ran out of steam in the final couple of furlongs.
Perhaps Chicago Now's Paul Mazur stated Departing's disappointing finish the best:
I feel as dejected for Departing's 6th as for Orb's 4th. #preakness— Paul Mazur (@heylaserbeam) May 18, 2013
Goldencents: Post No. 5
After the first two legs of the Triple Crown, it has become clear that the hype surrounding Goldencents was nothing but hot air.
This horse won the Santa Anita Derby earlier in the year and was considered to be one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby. A 17th-place finish at Churchill Downs seemed to be easily explained, as the mud appeared to be the culprit.
Goldencents proved to be the opposite of a mudder, but a firm, mostly dry track at Pimlico should have been a perfect stage for this horse to prove his worth.
Instead, the fifth-place finish on Saturday proved that Goldencents isn't a premier racing horse.
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