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Lukas Barn All Smiles Day After Preakness 2013

Wayne Lukas and Oxbow.
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
 
 

 

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Older Comments about Lukas Barn All Smiles Day After Preakness 2013...

Kudos to Oxbow and of course Gary. I'm not a fan of Lukas but fair is fair! Oxbow ran a better race but don't count Orb out just yet!
oxbow ?.. un cavallo con il pedigree farso ?... tecnicamente "castagno brinato".. ok ?
oxbow... en 1 milla 1/2 meglio... "tutto cardiology"... "marcapassi".. potenzza é rush final.. gary cooper stevens ha fatto benissimo il cambio.. costosso peró il cavallo risponde.. viamo vedere. jhon wayne lukas.. "marcapassi". congratulation

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