Oxbow upsets Orb to win Preakness

May 18th, 2013

Oxbow in a pre-race work

Oxbow, sixth-place finisher as a 25-1 shot in the Kentucky Derby, cruised to an early lead to win the $1 million Preakness Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths, at 15-1, on Saturday. Kentucky Derby winner Orb, the odds on favorite, broke his impressive five-win streak to finish fourth. Itsmyluckyday and Mylute were second and third, respectively.

“I get paid to spoil dreams,” said Oxbow’s trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who realized his sixth Preakness and 15th Triple Crown wins with Oxbow’s victory at odss of 15-1.

It was the third Preakness win for Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, 50, whose last came aboard Point Given in 2001. Stevens returned to racing this past January, after a seven-year retirement during which he pursued an acting career.

“He was so right today,” said Stevens of Oxbow. “It reminded me of Winning Colors in the Derby.” Stevens won the 1988 Kentucky Derby on Winning Colors, trained by Lukas and one of only three fillies to ever win the Derby.

Oxbow also gave owner Calumet Farm its eighth Preakness win. The historic farm has also produced eight Kentucky Derby winners, including Triple Crown winners Whirlaway (1941) and Citation (1948).

Sired by Awesome Again, Oxbow was bred by Colts Neck Stables and purchased by Calumet for $250,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. His biggest win prior to the Preakness came in the G3 LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds in Jamuary. He also placed second by a head to stablemate Will Take Charge in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn in March.

Oxbow, who now has a record 3 wins, one second, one third and $921,000 from 10 starts, was one of three Lukas entries in the nine-horse Preakness field. Will Take Charge finished seventh and Titletown Five was last.