07/29/2013 11:25AM

Oxbow comes out of Haskell with wrenched ankle; Travers in doubt

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Barbara D. Livingston
Oxbow, here breezing before his fourth-place finish in the Haskell, will be given time before a decision is made about his next start, said trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.,Y. - Oxbow, the Preakness winner who finished fourth in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, was found to have a wrenched right ankle, according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

The injury puts his status for the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 24 in doubt, though Lukas said he “is not ruling out anything.”

“We’re going to go day by day, give him some time to get over that ship, evaluate him with no intent in sight at all,” Lukas said Monday from Saratoga. “We’re not ruling out anything at all. We’ll do what’s best for him, let him dictate his program.”

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Galloping out after the Haskell, jockey Gary Stevens didn’t like what he felt underneath him and jumped off the horse rather than jog him back to be unsaddled.

Though the equine ambulance came onto the track, Oxbow was deemed sound enough to walk back to the barn. X-rays on the right ankle were all negative, according to Lukas.

“He never was very uncomfortable when he got back to the barn, but obviously he was uncomfortable in the race," Lukas said. "Gary probably protected him a little bit. He’s comfortable today, that’s the main thing.”

Oxbow finished fourth behind Verrazano, who earned a 116 Beyer Speed Figure for his 9 3/4-length victory in the Haskell, the largest margin of victory in race history.

Verrazano will join Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy winner Palace Malice, Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Jim Dandy 2-3 finishers Will Take Charge, and Moreno as well as Transparent and Romansh as horses pointing to the Travers.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eh, Lucas will just give him a shot and ship him right out there. Maybe put him in a prep 2 weeks before.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
A wrenched ankle? So what's the REAL story? Strained suspensory ligaments? Need an ultrasound to show that! X rays show bone chips and bone bruises. So cafeteria D. Wayne says x rays negative.....With a 1100 lbs. horse their is no such thing as a minor ankle problem. Minimum of light training and hot cold therapy wont fix him n keep him fit for 1 1/4 race in 4 weeks. Best bet....Indiana Derby IMO
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
goes to prove d wayne runs 'em into the tijera, 8th start of year, more than a start a month for a 3 yr old ?
Tony Pastrimi More than 1 year ago
I don't know who's worse of a " Horseman".. D Wayne or Randi Persuad.. Neither give a damn about the horse. Like Oxbow wasn't crippled going into the Haskell,
PAM More than 1 year ago
Lukas will run Oxbow if he's 50%. I agree its not about the horse with him its all about the prestige that he is longing for again.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Heads up call again by Gary Stevens.
B More than 1 year ago
A huge loss for the Travers, though it should still be a teriffic race unless more drop out. The three Triple Crown winners are the marquee names in this field iregardless if they are the best or not. The general public has very little knowledge of horse racing other than the Triple Crown. The presence of all three would bring more publicity, higher attendance and better TV ratings. Don't get me wrong. If he's not well, I don't want to see him run, but it will lessen the race in the limited eyes of the general public.
Bob More than 1 year ago
In doubt??? Would you let this horse relax please .. He did all he can.
Greg Stevens More than 1 year ago
If u couldn't tell something was wrong with him leading up to the Haskell then u don't know racing... Lukas changed his strong training to easy jogs in the morning for wut reason? He runs them into the ground, and his Preakness win, in my opinion, was weird... Any good horse can walk around the track for 3/4 mile then sprint home to a victory... He's not that good, and never has been
jerry buffington More than 1 year ago
i figured oxbow would mfold like a WUSS and he did,if titletown hadn t blocked orbs move to the front in the preakness he would have been a well beaten second.....any doubts....watch the replay again....
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Oxbow is a very good horse. Wayne & Brad spend the money and make sure he is 100% sound please. Best of Luck.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Please don't let Oxbow run in the Travers hes either hurt or he got dusted Does anyone want to see him compete against superior horses these horses have run enough for a certain barn sorry its just not 1923
Vince More than 1 year ago
He got dusted in the Ark Derby and Ky Derby and then won the Preakness....you make zero sense