Oxbow's wire-to-wire victory at Pimlico Race Course was unexpected, to say the least, but surprises were the order of the day at the 2013 Preakness Stakes.
A 16-1 long shot at the start of the race, Oxbow took an early lead over Goldencents and the rest of the field. By the time the nine-horse pack rounded the first corner, Oxbow had established a nice lead, and veteran jockey Gary Stevens never took his foot off the gas.
Itsmyluckyday and Mylute finished in second and third place, respectively, while heavy betting favorite and Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished out of the money in fourth place.
Here's a look at the full results, 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||Shug 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|
Oxbow's wire-to-wire win was the first such victory in 31 years, according to Yahoo! Sports:
Orb got trapped inside for much of the race, and jockey Joel Rosario couldn't find a clear path for his horse to charge through. Oxbow, on the other hand, got off to a nice start in the middle of the pack and never had to work through any traffic.
Not surprisingly, Titletown Five (33-1 odds), Will Take Charge (14-1 odds) and Govenor Charlie (14-1 odds) all finished the race outside the money. Before the start, these three horses were considered to be the longest shots to win, apart from Oxbow.
Itsmyluckyday and Mylute both finished in the money, which wasn't a huge surprise given the fact that both had 9-1 odds to win at the start of the race.
But the horses with the shortest odds to win heading into the race—Orb (5-7), Goldencents (7-1) and Departing (9-1)—all finished outside the money.
Needless to say, these results were shocking.
Goldencents looked like a true contender to start the race. Jockey Kevin Krigger had him running well behind Oxbow heading out of the second turn. Toward the end of the race, however, Goldencents didn't have the stamina to keep up with Oxbow's torrid pace and fell back badly.
Departing looked good early on and was in excellent position for a strong finish, but when jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. needed more from his horse there was nothing left in the tank.
Orb's Triple Crown hopes are now a thing of the past, and looking ahead to the mile-and-a-half Belmont in June there's no way of knowing what will happen.
For now, however, it's time to reflect on Oxbow's perfect race.
From start to finish, this horse was large and in charge at the front of the pack and never looked back.
Note: All betting odds courtesy of Bovada.
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