Oxbow a Serious Threat to Win at Belmont After Preakness Victory

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 18, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18:  Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens, leads the field to the finish line to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Molly Riley/Getty Images)
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The Preakness featured plenty of excitement heading into the race, but the race itself was completely dominated by Oxbow.

Now that Oxbow has won the Preakness, he has become a serious threat to win at the Belmont Stakes.

According to the Derby Contenders Twitter account, it appears Oxbow will likely race at Belmont.

Right out of the gate at the Preakness, Oxbow dominated.  He got off to an incredible start and never looked back.  According to a tweet by Yahoo! Sports, it was the first wire-to-wire win in 31 years.

That kind of dominance will likely spill into the third leg of the Triple Crown.  The young colt looked very impressive, and it’s hard to think that he will look any less dominant at Belmont.

Surprisingly, the win at the Preakness was only the third win in Oxbow’s career.  However, that can likely be explained.

Oxbow bounced from jockey to jockey to start his career but has now stuck with Gary Stevens for his past three races.  The transition to the legendary jockey has likely helped Oxbow quite a bit.  Stevens now has nine wins in the three races of the Triple Crown, including three wins at the Preakness (h/t ESPN Twitter account).

The duo of Stevens and Oxbow didn’t start out hot, finishing in fifth at the Arkansas Derby.  This was likely due to the fact that this was their first race together, and the chemistry was probably a little bit off.

At the Kentucky Derby, Oxbow finished in sixth.  The conditions were sloppy due to plenty of rain, and the conditions for the track likely threw off Oxbow and Stevens and gave horses that generally are bred for an off track a chance to pull off the win.

If the conditions are fine at Belmont, Oxbow and Stevens will be heavy favorites.  Stevens seemed to ride his horse perfectly, and it resulted in leading the entire race at the Preakness.

D. Wayne Lukas seems to always know what he’s doing, and nothing has changed in that regard with Oxbow.  He has done a fine job training Oxbow.  Now the horse is looking to win two of the three legs of the Triple Crown.  The resume for Lukas tells it all, with six wins at the Preakness and 14 totals wins in the three races of the Triple Crown.

Having two Hall of Famers in Lukas and Stevens on his side certainly helps Oxbow a lot.  Although he won’t be a Triple Crown winner, winning two of the three legs would be quite a feat.