08/19/2013 10:23AM

Oxbow will not race again in 2013

Barbara D. Livingston
Oxbow will be sent to Calumet Farm this week and will not race again in 2013.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Preakness winner Oxbow will not run again this year, and trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Monday he wouldn’t be surprised if the horse never raced again, though that is a decision to be made by owner Brad Kelley of Calumet Farm.

Oxbow suffered an ankle injury when finishing fourth in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28. Though Lukas said Oxbow is sound, he has not returned to training and is simply walking the shed row.

Lukas said that Oxbow would be vanned this week from Saratoga to Calumet Farm in Kentucky and would be re-evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage in approximately 30 days.

“This year, we’re not thinking of running him,” said Lukas, echoing comments he made to HRTV last Friday. “Bramlage told me there’s no sense in pushing him, just give him the time he needs.”

Lukas said that Kelley, the proprietor of Calumet Farm, would have the final say on whether Oxbow would return to race at age 4. But Lukas, understanding the economics of the sport, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Kelley opted to stand him at stud.

“It gets to be an economic decision, it is the Sport of Kings, but not when it comes to that,” Lukas said. “What happens is they say he can breed out $2.5 million and he probably can’t run that out. Mr. Kelley is a pretty good sportsman though, he may elect to run him again, but it wouldn’t surprise me what they do.”

Eddie Kane, the farm manager at Calumet, said no decisions have been made.

“We’re going to bring him back to the farm, give him a little time,” Kane said. “We haven’t discussed his future yet.”

Oxbow is a son of Awesome Again out of the unraced mare Tizamazing, who is a full sister to champion Tiznow. Oxbow has won 3 of 13 starts and $1,243,500. In addition to winning the Preakness, Oxbow won the Grade 3 Lecomte at Fair Grounds. He finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont Stakes.

Marta Gargotto More than 1 year ago
Hope he comes back. But only if he's physically sound & his heart's in it.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
Definitely hope he runs again -- given his pedigree he should be better at 4. By the way, is anyone monitoring the comments for spam? It's getting ridiculous.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I dearly love Oxbow. He has tremendous heart! He's a tough, gritty combatant and I just love watching him race. It saddens my heart to hear that he may never race again. I appreciate Mr. Lukas being honest about the options and the reasoning behind a retirement for Oxbow if the decision comes down to retirement for this wonderful warrior of a horse. Thank you, Oxbow. You made watching racing fun the past year - I will always admire Oxbow's determination and strength in his races. I thought Oxbow, D. Wayne Lukas & Gary Stevens made an incredible team together this year and I enjoyed watching all three of the turn the racing world on it's ear this year - that was a lot of fun! I applaud Oxbow and wish him great happiness in retirement and may he sire tough, talented, determined horse that resemble their father in the future. Have fun courting all of the pretty, talented mares, Oxbow! Thanks again for the great thrills this year!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Hi, Joy. You're comment is eloquent, as usual; these three-Oxbow, Gary and Coach really make a good team. I hope the owner continues to do what's best for Oxbow; he is a warrior and fought hard during the derby. I hope it's not an ending for his racing career;-)
kram hslew More than 1 year ago
his dby was ok.
Jamie DeRouen More than 1 year ago
To me his Kentucky Derby was one of the grittiest I've seen in a while. Stand him for 10000 and you will have a line from Louisville to new York waiting for him.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
That's what happens when you are in training at the racetrack for 18 months straight with no break running in all these big races. Problem is Lukas can't miss a dance, always has to be in spotlight running some hapless horse in all the big races. Somehow Oxbow was one of the few that thrived on Lukas aggressive training/racing regimen but he too finally showed that you can only do that for so long before something pops up. Look at Optimizer, is there a worse managed horse in training than him? And he too is showing the wear and tear as he barely made it across the finish line last weekend. Lukas, it is ok to skip a spot, it is ok to give these horses 30-60 days on a farm IE ORB, How this guy continues to get horses from owners spending Millions of dollars is beyond me.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
Lukas said," he wouldn't be surprised if the horse never race again", who didn't know that.
Robert More than 1 year ago
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
You have no concept. Are you going to use the same silly line again tomorrow?
Vince More than 1 year ago
good call
Walter More than 1 year ago
I hope Calumet will bring him back as a 4yo. It will be nice to see him in the handicap division next year. I'm guessing the owner of Calumet won't miss the 2.5. million too terribly, and decide to run him.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
The 2.5 mill is a Lukas guestimate and an example of how the decision will be made. Calumet has a business to run. Even if they put feelers out and expect only a million at stud, he won't be back, especially if they syndicate him. There is no upside to running him next year. I just don't see him as the type that will improve and be competitive next year.