Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
There were nothing but smiles on the faces of those working in D. Wayne Lukas’ barn at Churchill Downs on the Sunday morning following Oxbow’s upset victory in
the Preakness (Grade I).
“I looked at the fractions and they weren’t blistering and (Oxbow) loves the front end,” assistant trainer Leigh Bentley said. “You always think, ‘I hope they aren’t going too fast,’ and when I saw the fractions I thought
they were slow enough that he could go on. We were all really excited. He ran super.”
Oxbow’s victory in the Preakness is a record 14th Triple Crown win for Lukas. He previously was tied with “Sunny” Jim Fitzsimmons.
“We’d like to add a few more,” Bentley said.
Bentley was at Churchill Downs on Preakness Day to saddle Indian Style in Saturday’s 11th race. The race went off at 6:01 p.m. (all times Eastern) and then she had to rush back to the
barn to watch the Preakness, which went off at 6:20 p.m.
“We raced back over here,” Bentley
said. “Everyone was yelling and screaming down the lane. The whole barn
watched. Everyone loves to watch the races. We cheer each other on.”
Bentley added that Oxbow and Lukas
left Baltimore early Sunday morning and should arrive at Churchill Downs
on Saturday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).
‘YOU CAN’T WIN IT IF YOU’RE NOT IN IT”
Wayne Lukas has a penchant for victories in the main arena at long odds. Some examples are listed below:
Race Horse Odds
2000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Spain 55-1
1999 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Cash Run 32-1
1999 Kentucky Derby Charismatic 31-1
2004 Mother Goose Stellar Jayne 29-1
2013 Rebel Will Take Charge 28-1
1980 Santa Anita Derby Codex 25-1
1995 Kentucky Derby Thunder Gulch 24-1
1999 Breeders’ Cup Classic Cat Thief 19-1
2000 Belmont Stakes Commendable 18-1
1994 Vosburgh Harlan 18-1
2013 Preakness Stakes Oxbow 15-1
2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint Hightail 15-1
1998 Florida Derby Cape Town 12-1
1996 Metropolitan Handicap Honour and Glory 12-1
2001 Jim Dandy Scorpion 11-1
1988 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Is It True 9-1