2013 Preakness Stakes Results

The lead up heading into the 2013 Preakness Stakes was all about one name: Orb.

But at the end of the day, there was another horse that dominated the race – and the headlines – ensuring that there would be no Triple Crown winner this year.

On a solid day at Pimlico, it was Oxbow who surprised the field to capture the 2013 Preakness Stakes.

Oxbow dominated proceedings and gave yet another big-ticket win for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas, 77, captured his 14th victory in Triple Crown races and did it by winning the Preakness – the same race that he captured for his first-ever TC victory (in 1980, when he did it with Codex).

Despite Oxbow’s fairly solid pedigree and Lukas’ training acumen, the result was still something of a surprise. All eyes heading into Pimlico were on Orb, the Shug McGaughey-trained horse that captured the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.

However Orb failed to materialize as a contender. Instead, it was Oxbow that stole the show.

The horse ran the 1 3/16 mile track in 1:57.54 and didn’t face much in the way of a challenge throughout the race. Oxbow came into the race as a 15-1 longshot but paid handsomely after holding off Itsmyluckyday and Mylute, both of whom showed well in what were considered decent conditions at Pimlico.

But still, you may be asking – what happened to Orb?

A heavy favorite coming into the race, Orb was unable to overcome a bad start position – he began the race along the rail – and couldn’t pick the best spot to make his move to take on Oxbow. Orb began his move along the backstretch, and temporarily, moved into third place – but it was at that point that jockey Joel Rosario failed to move out into open space.

As a result, Orb finished fourth.

Going back to Oxbow for a moment – this horse was not only a good story, but the jockey was as well.

Gary Stevens, 50, had been retired from horse racing for seven years. The Hall of Fame jockey was actually serving as part of NBC’s broadcast team for various races over the last few campaigns, but felt the itch to reunite with a fellow Hall-of-Famer – Lukas – who said his goal at these types of big races was to “spoil dreams.”

Stevens got the itch to ride again a few months ago and found the perfect partner in Lukas who, in the interest of spoiling dreams, ensured that there would be no Triple Crown winner for the 35th-consecutive year.

(Orb was considered a legit candidate to break that streak – McGaughey raved and called the horse one of the best he’d every trained, and had high hopes for a record-setting campaign.)

Here are your 2013 Preakness Stakes Results

1. Oxbow $32.80 $12.00 $6.80

2. ItsMyLuckyDay $7.80 $5.00

3. MyLute $5.20

4. Orb

5. Goldencents

6. Departing

7. Will Take Charge

8. Govenor Charlie

9. Titletown Five

About Tennessee Leduc

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