No Triple Crown: Oxbow Wins Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Orb is fourth
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
No Triple Crown: Oxbow Wins Preakness
Preakness Stakes entrant Oxbow trots off the track after a morning workout at Pimlico Race Course Friday in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Oxbow won the Preakness today, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish in the race, which ended up being the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and his 15th Triple Crown victory, the most in horse-racing history. "I get paid to spoil dreams," he told NBC moments after the race. Orb finished fourth. The Kentucky Derby winner was a 3-5 favorite, but he became another casualty of starting on the rail in the Preakness. Since 1950, only two horses have won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown from the No. 1 post position.

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens took control at the outset with Oxbow—a 15-1 underdog—and never relinquished the advantage. Itsmyluckyday finished second and Mylute third. The latter horse, with Rosie Napravnik in the saddle, came in fifth in the Kentucky Derby. Racing at the track where she earned her first career victory, Napravnik was attempting to become the first female jockey to win the Preakness. (More Preakness Stakes stories.)

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