Oxbow Upsets at Preakness

Preakness upset

The running of the 138th Preakness on Saturday saw an upset.  The favorite, and Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, did not finish in the money.  Oxbow was the upset winner.

Oxbow took the lead from the very beginning.  Jockey Gary Stevens believed in his horse, and never looked back.

Orb, who started on the rail, was sandwiched between horses, and never had a chance to challenge.

Oxbow was never challenged.  In the stretch, Itsmyluckyday tried to come from the outside, as did My Lute, but they couldn’t catch the eventual winner.

The Preakness is the second leg of the Triple Crown, which now is a faded dream for Orb.  The last race of the ‘big three’ is the Belmont Stakes.

Rosie Napravnik, who rode My Lute, proved she could ‘run with the boys’ by finishing 3rd today, and 5th in the Derby.

Gary Stevens is in the Hall of Fame.  The 50 year old jockey was thrilled, and said he never doubted Oxbow could outrun the pack.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has been in the victory circle 15 times in Triple Crown races, winning the Preakness 6 times.

“I get paid to spoil dreams,” Lukas said in an interview with NBC moments after the victory.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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