Oxbow finished in 1:57.54 to give trainer D. Wayne Lukas his sixth career Preakness win.
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) -
Oxbow took the lead out of the gate and went on to win Saturday's $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, spoiling any chance of Kentucky Derby winner Orb becoming the first Triple Crown champion in 35 years.
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Gary Stevens, Oxbow covered the 1 3/16-mile Preakness in 1:57.54 under overcast skies. The time was the slowest in the Triple Crown's second leg since 1961.
Oxbow, owned by Calumet Farm, cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over 8-1 second pick Itsmyluckyday with 10-1 Mylute finishing third.
The Big O's likely for Belmont Stakes
By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Now that the Triple Crown will not be won for the 35th consecutive year, attention can focus solely on the pending field for the 145th Belmont Stakes on June 8.
Early word has Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness champ Oxbow both getting a start in the 1 1/2-mile Test of the Champion with trainer Todd Pletcher reappearing on the scene after failing to start a horse in the Preakness.
Orb, trained by Shug McGaughey, has returned to his home base at Belmont Park, where the final leg of racing's Triple Crown takes place. The colt arrived at his barn Sunday morning, waiting for his trainer.
"He was already in his stall when I got back here and seemed to be fine," McGaughey said. "We'll walk him a good while this afternoon (Sunday) and just kind of see what we have. The Belmont Stakes is on our radar screen."