Congratulations to Preakness 2013 hero Oxbow.
Nobody wanted the early lead and Gary Stevens was more than happy to
canter around the track and win this second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Oxbow, owned by Calumet Farm, is a war horse for throwback
connections Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens. The Preakness Stakes was his
11th lifetime start and there is no rest in sight with the Test of Champions squarely on his radar screen.
Did Lukas scare everyone from a pace perspective? He entered sprinter
Titletown Five and possibly fooled jockey Kevin Krigger aboard
Titletown Five did not go for the lead under Leaproux, and
Goldencents failed to take advantage so Stevens and Oxbow walked the dog
from start to finish.
I knew that Oxbow was best on the lead but did not think he was quick
enough to get there. The pace figured to be slower than the Derby but I
did not see the crawling Preakness pace coming.