Saturday, May 18, 2013

Preakness 2013

The winner of this year's Preakness Stakes is 15-1 longshot Oxbow, with "elderly jockey" Gary Stevens aboard. Favorite Orb finished fourth. This win was the third for Stevens, and the sixth for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. It is the eighth Preakness win for Calumet Farm, which has new black and gold silks instead of the famous devil's red and blue silks because Calumet was sold last year.

Oxbow lead from start to finish, the first horse to do so since Aloma's Ruler did it in 1982.

The time was 1:57.2, way off Secretariat's record.

ItsMyLuckyDay finished second, while MyLute finished third.

Orb came into the race in good shape, but he didn't like his position in the field. He was boxed in and lost momentum.

No Triple Crown winner for another year at least.

The video (we will see how long it stays up on YouTube):

Earlier: Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the favorite for today's race.

The record time for the Preakness is 1:53 set by Secretariat in 1973, just as he set the records in the Derby and Belmont. He wasn't awarded the time until 39 years later, after decades of controversy, when forensic analysis proved beyond all doubt he broke the record set by Canonero II in 1971.

Farma Way continues to hold the track record.

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