Pre-race 14-1 long shot Oxbow completed an unlikely upset of Triple Crown hopeful Orb with a wire-to-wire first-place finish at the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes Saturday, edging out Itsmyluckyday and Mylute to earn the Black-Eyed Susan Blanket.
Jockey Gary Stevens got his horse out of the gates at a torrid pace and set the tone throughout the race. Oxbow wasn’t slowed by the No. 6 post, avoiding some clustering along the rail that kept Orb from ever bursting free from the pack.
It looked like Goldencents would challenge Oxbow from the No. 2 post, but after staying close to the eventual winner through the first turn, the Doug O’Neill-trained colt faded to a fifth-place finish behind Orb. Despite boasting some of the fastest sprinting speed in the field, Goldencents was unable to break free and keep pace with Oxbow—as was the case with rest of the field.
|1||Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||Gary Stevens||$620,000||
|2||Itsmyluckyday||Eddie Plesa Jr.||John Velazquez||$200,000||
|3||Mylute||Tom Amoss||Rosie Napravnik||$100,000||$5.20 (show)|
|4||Orb||Shug McGaughey||Joel Rosario||$50,000|
|5||Goldencents||Doug O’Neill||Kevin Krigger||$30,000|
|6||Departing||Albert M. Stall Jr.||Brian Hernandez Jr.||$0|
|7||Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||Mike Smith||$0|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||$0|
|9||Titletown Five||D. Wayne Lukas|| |
Payouts based on $2 bet. Via America's Best Racing on Twitter ($1 million purse).
Itsmyluckyday was as close to overtaking Oxbow as any horse in the field. Starting from the No. 9 post, the colt merged from the outside and grabbed hold of the stalking position in place of Goldencents. Jockey John Velazquez did his part to position Itsmyluckyday for a late surge, but Oxbow had established too great a lead with his tremendous break from the gate.
Rosie Napravnik set out to make history at Pimlico Saturday but came up just short of becoming the first female jockey to ever win the Preakness. Still, the 25-year-old built on a strong showing at the Kentucky Derby (fifth place) with another quality Triple Crown performance, netting a nice payday for those bold enough to wager on the 10-1 long shot.
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One of the biggest stories of the day was Orb’s inability to break free from the pack to secure the second leg of the Triple Crown. Starting from the rail position, Joel Rosario was unable to avoid the clustering of horses on the inside, eventually fading from just off the pace to a fourth-place finish.
Orb was vying to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. While he was the 3-5 post-time favorite to do so, it wasn’t to be. As is often the case for a late closer like Orb, the inside post position was too much to overcome.
All three New Shooters failed to secure a top-five finish at Pimlico. Departing didn’t participate at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Preakness and was considered a 10-1 long shot to win, though pre-race odds were considerably more favorable.
The late shift in odds was appropriate, though, as the Albert Stall-trained colt was never able to establish good position in the race. Departing remained in the middle of the pack en route to a sixth-place finish.
Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five rounded out the final three finishers, respectively, the final two each having missed the Derby. Both New Shooters didn’t stand much of a chance from the onset, though Titletown Five did manage to pull into second place near the halfway point in the race.
With the win, Oxbow becomes the first thoroughbred in 31 years to win the Preakness with a wire-to-wire lead, as pointed out by Yahoo! Sports:
The colt also netted a hefty payday for Bluegrass Hall LLC, taking home the biggest portion of the $1 million purse. Those who were bold enough to bet on the long shot earned (on a $2 bet) $32.80 to win, $12 to place and $6.80 to show.
With Orb’s Triple Crown hopes dashed, all eyes will be on Oxbow as the Belmont Stakes approaches. The final leg of the Triple Crown is up for grabs, and Oxbow will try to prove his run at Pimlico was a sign of things to come.
Official Odds acquired from NBC telecast. Final odds can also be found at Bovada.lv.