A year ago, Gary Stevens was sitting in the NBC broadcast booth. Now, he finds himself in the winner’s circle at Pimlico, as he rode Oxbow to win the Preakness Stakes. Sent off at 16-1, the son of Awesome Again was a bit overlooked after a fading finish in the Derby. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow enjoyed an easy wire-to-wire victory for Calumet Farm. Itsmyluckyday finished second and Mylute finished third.
The pace was slow, which did not favor a closer like Orb. Orb was forced inside and did not seem to settle into his best stride, and never challenged the leaders into the stretch, doing his best to end up fourth.