Preakness winner Oxbow
emerged from his fourth-place finish in Sunday's Haskell with a
soft-tissue injury, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported Monday
returned on Monday to Lukas' barn at the Oklahoma training track, where
his progress will be closely monitored. He was pulled up shortly after
crossing the wire in the Haskell.
X-rays were all perfectly clean," Lukas said. "It's what you guys would
call an ankle sprain, it looks like. I was more concerned with a
condylar [fracture] or something like that but, boy, he had a pretty set
of X-rays. It's amazing. For a horse with that many [starts], they were
by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Oxbow led through fractions of 23.90 and
48.22 seconds, going six furlongs in 1:12.43 before dropping back. He
managed to hang on for fourth, a head in front of Pick of the Litter.
just wasn't traveling comfortably," Lukas said. "Gary overreacted
probably a little bit, but the good thing is we X-rayed him from top to
bottom and everything's clean. [Stevens] thought at the half-mile that
he was starting to get uncomfortable, and he just kind of held him from
was unsure of the timetable for Oxbow's return, leaving his status for
the Travers uncertain. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby, he finished second
to Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes.
never know," Lukas said. "Horses react differently to different
situations. After seeing everything yesterday, I felt comfortable in
that I didn't rule out the Travers, but that's probably the reality of
it. I would say the fall and looking toward the Breeders' Cup seems
Lukas expects to be represented in the Travers by Grade 2 winner Will Take Charge, who ran second to Palace Malice in Saturday's Jim Dandy.