05/19/2013 9:25AM

Belmont Stakes: Oxbow, Orb might meet again in New York


BALTIMORE – Oxbow, the winner of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, left Pimlico Race Course early Sunday morning, and a couple of hours later, so too did Orb, who won the Kentucky Derby and was fourth in the Preakness. But there is a good chance they could meet again June 8 in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Oxbow traveled by van Sunday back to Louisville, Ky., where he is based at Churchill Downs with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who won his record 14th Triple Crown race Saturday and his sixth Preakness.

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Oxbow (right) leads down the deep stretch of the 138th Preakness.

Regarding the Belmont, Lukas said, “I like to rack ’em up. I’ll probably go.”

Lukas had last won the Preakness in 1999 and had last won a Triple Crown race in the 2000 Belmont with Commendable. Since 2000, he was winless with 31 starters in 22 Triple Crown races until Oxbow’s victory.

Orb was sent by van to Belmont Park, the home of the Belmont Stakes, where trainer Shug McGaughey keeps his main string from spring until fall. McGaughey said Orb “looks to me like he came out of the race fine,” but added that he wanted to get Orb settled at Belmont Park before committing to the Belmont.

“We’ll get him up there and evaluate him, then see where to go,” McGaughey said at Pimlico on Sunday morning as light rain fell outside. “I want to see him bounce back, see his soundless level, his energy level.”

[PREAKNESS STAKES: Race replays and reactions from Pimlico]

McGaughey took solace in having won the Derby two weeks ago.

“Winning the Derby was my lifetime dream, and we won it,” he said. “I would have loved to have won yesterday and taken it to another level.”

Instead, the Triple Crown will go unclaimed for another year. It has not been swept since Affirmed in 1978.

McGaughey trains Orb for Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps and Stuart Janney III. He said he would talk with both about the Belmont.

“Usually, all race decisions are mine,” McGaughey said. “If he’s in good shape, I think they’d both love to run in the Belmont. They’re both big New York fixtures, big NYRA fixtures.”

McGaughey said if Orb skips the Belmont, summer racing at Saratoga would likely be next.

If Oxbow and Orb meet in the Belmont, it will mark the fourth time since 2001 that the winners of the Derby and Preakness have squared off in the Belmont. The last time that happened was just two years ago, with Animal Kingdom and Shackleford, both of whom were beaten by Ruler On Ice.

Itsmyluckyday, second in the Preakness, will be considered for the Belmont but is more likely to point for races like the Haskell at Monmouth Park, where trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. has a string of horses in the summer.

Mylute, third in the Preakness, is possible for the Belmont.

The Belmont is expected to include Golden Soul and Revolutionary, who finished second and third in the Derby.

Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Revolutionary, also is pointing Overanalyze to the Belmont. His fillies Dreaming of Julia and Unlimited Budget are possible but not nearly as certain as Revolutionary and Overanalyze.

Other Belmont contenders include Freedom Child and the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Code West and Power Broker.

– additional reporting by David Grening

aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
Racing gods don't want another triple crown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
and you thought Pletcher had excuses...no worse than all your ORB excuses
Jewel Green More than 1 year ago
Track surface was extremely deep Lukas mentioned it earlier in the week but they all ran over it. Orb didn't like the inside or surface and didn't fire...
Kristian O'Reilly More than 1 year ago
Orb made 3 moves in the Preakness. 2 forward moves and one backward move. Up into 3rx, back into 7th and up into 4th. It was what it was....a funny race.
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
Orb - Loves The Slop - No Slop At The 2013 Preakness Maybe 2013 Belmont Stakes
Laura Buenaventura More than 1 year ago
Lukas will run because he always does and he has told many you can't win if you are not in.He trained the best with a slow relaxed1/2 mile---even though I believe you DON'T NEED TO WORK IN BETWEEN THE DERBY AND PREAKNESS.The track condition of pimlico epitimizes why they are called TRACK RECORDS---Secretariat would have been around 1.55 and change.Track Variant probably around 30 which will be the highestin the past 30 runnings at least!!!.Work once in between the Preakness and Belmont--Sunday or Monday before the Belmont 6f-fractions---1/2-50 next 1/4-24-24.3 pull up7/8ths1.28-1.28.2.Good Luck---
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
Only Speed In The Race Was Oxbow & Itsmyluckyday - Orb & Mylute - Closers
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
You can't decide for Shug. Shug is a class act and lets the horse tell him wether it wants to run or not.
bennett marsh More than 1 year ago
The slowest Preakness time since Fabius in 1956. Seriously. What was the deal with the way the track was prepared? Or was the pace totally ridiculous. And what happened to Orb when Titletown suddenly pulled along side at the 1/2 mile pole? Something is awry here, folks. The Preakness this year was not an honest race, over an honest track. Not to my way of seeing things, and I have watched the Preakness for the last 53 years......
chad Steffy More than 1 year ago
And that's why he was there and that is horse racing.
fuggedabodit More than 1 year ago
What happened to Orb when Titletown Five came up to him? Rosario said that Orb wasn't accelerating like he did in the past, but he did accelerate while moving up to third....what happened after that is pure speculation on our parts. Rosario knows; hopefully, someone gets to ask Rosario that question.
Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
He never got to third position.
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
No One Pushed Oxbow The Entire Race - John Velazquez Fell Asleep
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
every race was slow for two days at pimlico...the track was deep and tiring thats what happens when track management tries to help a favorite who is going for the triple crown and happens to be a closer. Unfortunately it backfired and the energizer bunny OXBOW was the beneficiary...this happens all the time. They paved the inside to help BIG BROWN when he was supposed to be the speed and drew the inside post at the BELMONT STAKES and what happened huge long shot D'TARA got the lead when he out broke BIG BROWN and went right on to the paved path and lead wire to wire ..and of course never won another race after wards if im not mistaken he's now a claimer. Churchill downs tried to make the breeders cup classic closer friendly for ZENNYATA's last race and it almost worked with every pace horse finishing in the last 4 positions unfortunately another closer BLAME got first run and beat the great closing mare by a nose.
Michael Scarpaci More than 1 year ago
When I watch the clasics i am reminded how great those horses were that win all 3 Thats why I laugh every time a horse wins the derby the news meadia starts we may have a tripple crown winner . it takes one hell of a horse to win the tripple crown Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
like some guys in here remarking how ORB was the next coming...please...
Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
I doubt Orb will run in the Belmont, but I hope he does. Unfortunately the standard seems to be to claim some kind of injury or illness was to blame for his loss, and then to retire to stud. Orb can win the Belmont if he gets another pace collapse up front and out-finishes Mylute and Revolutionary.
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
Orb Waiting For Some More Rain For The 2013 Belmont Stakes
charles b More than 1 year ago
Pardon , meant to say often, not orphan. My handicapping is better than my spelling.
charles b More than 1 year ago
I would remind you all of Horatio Luro's famous quote. " Do not squeeze the lemon dry." Orb was sent to the well once too orphan in such a short period of time. Oxbow crawled home.........he too is tired. I worked for Johnny Nerud over fifty years ago. He knew that horses that ran hard races did not have the same reserved energy even when it appeared otherwise. Orb just did not have it............period. I think Overanalyze who is proven running in N.Y. will have a great shot in the Belmont.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
You said it..
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
Todd Pletcher Saving His Horses For The 2013 Belmont Stakes