Preakness Stakes 2013: Oxbow'S Big Win Sets Up Unpredictable Belmont

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Preakness Stakes 2013: Oxbow'S Big Win Sets Up Unpredictable Belmont
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The Belmont Stakes is already the most unpredictable of all the three major horse races that comprise the Triple Crown, but Oxbow's victory at the 2013 Preakness Stakes has turned this upcoming race into must-see TV.

Oxbow won the Preakness in wire-to-wire fashion, busting out with an early lead off an incredible start and never looking back.

Pure sprinters Goldencents and Govenor Charlie couldn't keep up with Oxbow's torrid pace and ended up falling to the back of the pack to finish in fifth and eighth place, respectively. 

Itsmyluckyday finished the race in second place, while rising star Rosie Napravnik and Mylute finished the race in third place.

Video Credit to NBC

Here's a look at the results from the Preakness, courtesy of Bovada:

 

Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Post
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 Claude 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

 

According to Yahoo! Sports, Oxbow's wire-to-wire victory was the first at the Preakness in 31 years:

Orb's win at the Kentucky Derby was just as impressive, however.

In muddy conditions that made endurance count more than ever, Orb was able to mount an incredible home-stretch, come-from-behind sprint that left the rest of the horses looking slow.

Video Credit to NBC

Both races were run on tracks roughly the same length: 

  • Kentucky Derby: One-and-a-quarter miles—10 furlongs.
  • Preakness Stakes: One-and-three-sixteenths miles—9.5 furlongs.

The race at Belmont Park to determine the winner of the Belmont Stakes is a full quarter-mile longer than the Derby—12 furlongs.

These extra two furlongs are what makes the Belmont such an unpredictable race. Even in both shorter races, some of the top horses in the world lost stamina down the home stretch. Winning at Belmont requires perfect physical conditioning and a bit of luck.

There are many horses that could race in 2013 capable of winning this year's Belmont.

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Derby second-place finisher Revolutionary will likely run, as will third-place finisher Golden Soul. Overanalyze and Palace Malice are also both capable of winning the race after skipping out on the Preakness. 

Oxbow, Orb, Itsmyluckyday and Mylute could win the race, too.

Some people may think that Orb's failure at the Preakness makes the race at Belmont somehow "less than." The reality of the situation, however, is that the unpredictable nature of the field will make the race even more compelling. 

The length of the race and incredible quality of competition makes it any horse's race to win, and that makes it all the more exciting to watch.

 

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