Oxbow won the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes, quickly ending Orb’s chances at winning the Triple Crown.
Oxbow just dominated the entire race and was a wire-to-wire winner. NBC said on its telecast that Oxbow was the first wire-to-wire winner at the race since Aloma’s Ruler in 1982.
Itsmyluckyday finished second after a 15th-place finish at the Kentucky Derby. Mylute, which was 5:1 entering the race, finished third. Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished fourth.
Oxbow’s unofficial time was 1:57:54. The horse’s victory gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his sixth Preakness victory. Jockey Gary Stevens won the Preakness for the third time.
“I was running when I hit the lane. I thought that they would come and challenge him,” Stevens said in his post-race interview. “I didn’t expect to go to the lead. This horse was so right today he pulled me to the lead. He was happy, his ears were up telling me he was content. He exploded coming off the turn. Staggered home a little bit the last sixteenth, but we had enough of a lead. It reminded me a lot of Winning Colors in the ’88 Derby.”