Oxbow is a bay colt, marked with an irregularly shaped white star on his forehead and white on his lower lip. His sire is 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, and his dam is Tizamazing, an unraced full sister to the two-time breeders’ cup winner Tiznow. He was trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden in his Triple Crown races by Gary Stevens.
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Oxbow won the 2013 Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Oxbow is a bay colt, marked with an irregularly shaped white star on his forehead and white on his lower lip. His sire is 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, and his dam is Tizamazing, an unraced full sister to the two-time breeders’ cup winner Tiznow. He was trained by D. Wayne Lukas and was ridden in his Triple Crown races by Gary Stevens. He stands at stud for the 2015 breeding season at Calumet Farms. He is the third horse that year to reach USD 1 million in purse wins. He has a reputation as a front-runner who was difficult to rate during his races. He had only two wins prior to his victory in the pre-Triple Crown series. His second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes in June made him the third Horse to reach $1 million in purse winnings that year. He suffered a soft tissue injury after finishing fourth in the Haskell Invitational, and was taken out of competition for the remainder of his three-year-old season, and retired in October 2013. Although officially registered with The Jockey Club as a bay, Oxbow has white hairs scattered throughout his coat, therefore his trainer, D.Wayne Lukas, describes him as a roan.Oxbow was sold as a yearling at Keeneland for USD 250,000 and is owned by Brad Kelley ofCalumet Farm.
Prior to 2013, Calmet Farm had not had a winning horse in a Triple Crown race since 1968. It also was Stevens’ first Triple Crown win since 2001, following his return to riding in early 2013 after a seven-year retirement, and Lukas’ first triple crown win since 2000. In October, Ox Bow was given another chance in a USD 50,000 maiden race at 7 furlongs at. Keeneland Race Course. At 11–1 jockey Jon Court, he broke sharply and led the field at the quarter-mile post. At the top of the homestretch he was caught by Winning Cause, and ultimately finished fourth with a speed figure of 73. At 17–1, he went off as a favorite in a maiden race under jockey Terry Thompson, but ultimately placed third, with an improved speed of 85. He won his first race a month later on the card of the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. He went off the gate as 9th, but had the lead by the end of his previous race. He also won the first race of his career in a $1.5 million maiden race on October 31, 2013, at seven-furlongs at seven,000 furlong Churchill Downs in another $1,000,000 race. His first win was a month earlier on thecard of a $50,000 Maiden race at Clark Downs in a 2–1/1/2-mile race.
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