The Preakness ended the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, but it also showcased a dominating performance by Oxbow.
For some, the Preakness was a great race that they can be really proud of. For others, they have to be disappointed that they weren’t able to reach their goals.
Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from Saturday’s race.
|1 ||Oxbow ||Gary Stevens
Itsmyluckyday ||John Velazquez.
Mylute ||Rosie Napravnik
|4 ||Orb ||Joel Rosario
Goldencents ||Kevin Krigger
|6 ||Departing ||Brian Hernandez Jr.
|7 ||Will Take Charge ||Mike Smith
Govenor Charlie ||Martin Garcia
Titletown Five ||Julien Leparoux
Coming out of retirement in 2013 after not racing since 2005 should be a big enough deal for the legendary jockey, but winning his third race at the Preakness is huge.
At 50 years old, Stevens became the oldest jockey to ever win at the Preakness. Along with three Preakness wins, he also has three wins at the Kentucky Derby and three more at the Belmont Stakes in his career.
Leading Oxbow the entire way, the duo was able to hold the lead for the entire race, making it the first wire-to-wire win at the Preakness in 31 years (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
The Hall of Famer can now add another impressive win to his resume. He may be considered an old man, but he smoked the younger guys on the track on Saturday.
Even if she didn’t win the Preakness, Napravnik certainly has to be proud of how well she has finished in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Earlier in May, Napravnik had the best finish by a female at the Kentucky Derby, finishing fifth while riding Mylute. She did even better at the Preakness, finishing in the money with a third-place finish.
While she obviously wanted to win the last two races, she has become a popular figure in the world of horse racing, particularly for women in the sport.
While horses don’t really feel pressure, trainers certainly do.
After winning his first ever Kentucky Derby with Orb, McGaughey had to have felt a sigh of relief. That sigh must have been pretty short after realizing that now the whole world would be expecting him and his horse to go for the Triple Crown.
Orb just didn’t look like he did coming into the Derby. Maybe it was because of the off track due to the muddy conditions at Churchill Downs, but Orb simply didn’t have the edge over the other horses at the Preakness. He simply didn’t have the stuff to pull out a win, and finished out of the money with a fourth-place finish.
For McGaughey, this one certainly had to sting a little. He can still enjoy his win at the Derby earlier this month, but missing the chance at making history is always tough.
The storylines surrounding Goldencents for the past month gave him a lot of hype heading into the Preakness, but he simply wasn’t able to do much.
Doug O’Neill was searching for back-to-back wins at the Preakness as a trainer, but Goldencents got tired and fell from second to fifth at the end of the race, finishing out of the money.
For Kevin Krigger, he was the lone African American jockey in the race and looking to make a big finish to make a statement.
Unfortunately, Goldencents didn’t live up to the hype for the second straight race. Despite looking incredibly fast at the Santa Anita Derby a while back, he simply hasn’t been able to get it done through the first two legs of the Triple Crown.