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2013 Preakness Results

Date: 05/18/2013

The $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) is the second jewel in the Triple Crown. A field of 9 three-year-olds contested this 1 3/16 mile trip around two turns at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, on a dark overcast Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the mid 60's by post time, with 117,203 fans on hand, the fourth largest attendance in the race's history.

As expected, Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby (G1) winner Orb was sent off as the 7-10 favorite, with many already assuming a Triple Crown sweep. In to challenge him included Holy Bull (G3) winner and Derby 15th place finisher Itsmyluckyday as the 8-1 second choice, and 9-1 third choice Govenor Charlie, winner of the Sunland Derby (G3).

Oxbow leads on the inside with Itsmyluckyday in the middle and Mylute on the far outside.

Jockey Gary Stevens sent 15-1 Oxbow to the lead first time by and he set easy fractions of 23.94, 48.60, and 1:13.26 over the fast track while as many as 2 lengths in front of 19-2 fourth choice Goldencents stalking the pace second. Joel Rosario kept Orb in midpack about 6 lengths off the pace but in between horses. Entering the lane, Rosario asked Orb but the Derby winner failed to fire. Oxbow opened up a 3 length lead in mid-stretch, getting the mile in 1:38.14, and easily held off Itsmyluckyday by 1 3/4 lengths, completing the trip in 1:57.54. It was another 1/2 length back to 11-1 Mylute third, and a long 6 3/4 more to favorite Orb fourth.

Pgm  Horse            Jockey       Win   Place   Show
 6   Oxbow             Stevens    32.80   12.00   6.80
 9   Itsmyluckyday     Velazquez           7.80   5.00
 5   Mylute            Napravnik                  5.20

Winning Time:  1:57.54

$2 Exacta 6-9                      301.40
$2 Trifecta 6-9-5                2,061.60
$1 Superfecta 6-9-5-1            1,817.80
$2 Super High Five 6-9-5-1-2    32,187.80
$2 Special-Preakness double 7-6    100.80
Full results chart from DRF

Left: Oxbow parades on the turf course.

Right: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas leads Oxbow to the winner's circle. Lukas, celebrating his 6th Preakness win and a record 14th Triple Crown race victory said, "I left it up to Gary. I think I got a Hall of Fame ride. I think we can plan this thing, we can talk about it, we can talk about strategy. But once that gate is open, they have to make decisions, Gary made some great ones. I told him, if you get on the lead, get into that cruising speed and just let it happen. We thought that Goldencents and a couple of those other horses might show a little bit more speed and we would not inherit the lead as easily as we did today. Gary was smart enough. When he threw up the 1:13 and change, I knew we were in good shape. I get paid to spoil dreams. You can't mail it in. It's a different surface, a different time. You gotta line them up and run them."

Left: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas celebrates with the trophy. Erin Kelley, daughter of owner Brad Kelley (Calumet Farm, far right) accepted the Woodlawn Vase. She said "He ran a great race. I'm looking forward to what happens next."

Right: Oxbow heads into the indoor paddock for saddling. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "He was not even blowing when he was walked in the winner circle. He didn't hardly turn a hair, and he showed no stress lines whatsoever, nothing, so 1 1/2 miles, Frank Stronach says he can run that far. Of course he owns the sire (Awesome Again). But we haven't had a chance to cool him out yet and I've got to talk to Mr. (Brad, owner) Kelly. But you know me, I like to rack them up in the big events. So I'll probably go (to the Belmont). We've got a new guy in Brad Kelly at Calumet, and that is just the good economics of it. You give that guy that special moment to stand up there with his daughter and to know that he was watching at home and put Calumet, who we all know that name, back on the front pages of the racing publications is very special. I'm so happy for him just to have the opportunity to represent him."

Left: Oxbow in the post parade. His jockey Gary Stevens said, "In these Classic races, you don't give up anything that they give you free, and they gave me a free 3/4 mile today, and I was smiling pretty good midway down the back side. I actually thought about Wayne up in the grandstands. I knew he had to be looking at those fractions and pleased with what he was seeing. When I saw Oxbow's ears fluttering back and forth at the 3/8 pole, the thought of the 1988 Kentucky Derby came back to me. I said kick from here. Try to get some separation from the field. To win a Classic at 50 years old after 7 years retirement, it doesn't get any better than this."

Right: Oxbow leads down the stretch with his name post behind him.

Left: Second place finisher Itsmyluckyday in the saddling area on the turf course. Jockey John Velazquez said, My horse ran awesome. The speed didn't develop the way I thought it would. I thought Oxbow would be third or fourth, then all of a sudden I look up and (Govenor Charlie) gets left and Oxbow was on the lead all by himself. I worried then about my horse, but he ran great." Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. added, "I'm very pleased with the way he ran. He ran his race. He simply just got beat by a horse that was trained perfectly by Wayne Lukas. We did run our race, but we just weren't lucky enough to win."

Right: Third place finisher Mylute in the post parade. Trainer Tom Amoss said, "My horse ran great. The pace was a disappointment up front. I thought there would be more speed; it didn't materialize. We were probably at the biggest disadvantage of all, coming from way back and being the widest in the race. We've got nothing to be ashamed of. I actually look at this like a missed opportunity because my horse ran a big race today." Jockey Rosie Napravnik added, "He was very sluggish out of the gate for the first 1/4 mile. Then he got going. This is a tough course. I was too far back to see who the leaders were. This was a tough pace to follow. But he ran great down the lane and closed well."

Left: Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Orb. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "He was in a good spot early in the race. They were going slow up front and he was fine. When I got to the 1/2 mile pole, he had a hard time keeping up. I used my stick to try to get him going. He usually takes you there. He always runs hard. But today he never took off. He just steadied. Today was not his day." Trainer Shug McGaughey added, "I would be disappointed any time you had this kind of opportunity and didn't get it done. He got himself in a position where he wasn't comfortable and then without the pace scenario in front of him; they really weren't spread out a little bit more than maybe I'd hoped. The pace was slower than I anticipated. I thought the pace would be quicker. I thought maybe they would speed it up a little bit but they didn't. I still thought we would close into it, but it just wasn't his day."

Right: The field breaks from the gate for the Preakness Stakes.

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