Oxbow proved at the Preakness Stakes that the pre-race odds are basically meaningless as the long shot blew away the field for a first-place finish.
The thoroughbred started from the No. 6 post and raced out to the lead at the very beginning. While this does not always end well in long races, Oxbow actually extended the lead deep into the race.
By the time the field approached the home stretch, it was clear that no one was going to catch Oxbow as he crossed the finish line first with room to spare.
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A big key to victory was the performance by jockey Gary Stevens. The 50-year-old veteran returned from retirement to ride the eventual winner, and it was obvious that he made a perfect match with his horse.
Racing in his 17th Preakness, Stevens trusted Oxbow to get out to a good start and not have to worry about leaving anything in the tank. The jockey raced ahead to his third career win at this event and he continues to prove why he is in the Hall of Fame.
In addition, there is another Hall of Famer that helped bring about this victory. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas had three horses in this event, but Oxbow was the best on the day. This gives Lukas six career wins at the Maryland race.
Altogether, this team of trainer, jockey and horse had loads of experience and that came through to create an impressive run from beginning to end.
However, this race was not only about the winner. One of the more surprising parts of this event was how much Orb struggled after winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
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The horse entered the race as a 3-5 favorite, but could not get into a good position after starting from the rail. While Orb had a strong finish to get up to fourth place, it was clearly too little, too late.
Finishing in the money ahead of the favorite was Itsmyluckyday and Mylute. Both contenders competed at the Kentucky Derby but had very different results.
Itsmyluckyday finished in 15th at Churchill Downs but earned second place at the Preakness. Mylute moved up from fifth place to third place on Saturday.
Despite being a small field, there was a lot of excitement in this race from beginning to end. While it disappointed fans looking to see a Triple Crown winner, there was plenty to watch at Pimlico.
Hopefully, the upcoming Belmont Stakes can live up to expectations as well.
|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|