Preakness winner Oxbow retired, will enter stud at Taylor Made

awincze@herald-leader.comOctober 25, 2013 

Preakness Horse Racing

Oxbow, bottom right, with jockey Gary Stevens aboard, led gate-to-wire to win the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Oxbow outstripped runner-up Itsmyluckyday by 13/4 lengths.

NICK WASS — AP

Calumet Farm's Oxbow, winner of this year's Preakness Stakes, has been retired and will stand the 2014 season at Taylor Made Stallions for a fee of $20,000.

Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow had not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28. The son of Awesome Again emerged from that outing with an ankle injury that was set to sideline him for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Oxbow made eight starts his 3-year-old season, winning the Grade III LeComte Stakes in his season debut before suffering four straight losses leading up to his Preakness win. Having finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby after tracking fast early fractions, Oxbow won the second leg of the Triple Crown in gate-to-wire fashion, giving Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his first classic win since coming out of a seven-year retirement and Lukas his record-setting 14th career win in a Triple Crown race.

"There's so much to like about Oxbow," Lukas said in a news release. "When we bought him as a yearling, he was so athletic that it looked like you could put a saddle on him and run him. He was one tough son of a gun and as durable as they make them. On top of his great pedigree, Oxbow has the most important trait a stallion needs, and that's his natural speed and ability to carry it over a distance of ground."

Oxbow went on to finish a game runner-up in the Belmont Stakes after being involved in the fastest paces set in the final leg of the Triple Crown since 1973 when Secretariat won the Belmont.

A $250,000 yearling, Oxbow retires with three wins from 13 career starts and earnings of $1,243,500.

"To us, Oxbow is the classic, two-turn dirt horse that both the breeders and yearling buyers look for," said Ben Taylor, vice president of Taylor Made Stallions. "He ... is one of the toughest horses I've seen in some time."

Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676. Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

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