05/19/2013 11:40AM

Preakness Stakes: Oxbow fulfills potential of stellar pedigree with win

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Awesome AgainAwesome Again, Courtesy Adena Springs

Oxbow’s 1 3/4-length win in the 138th Preakness Stakes on Saturday can be attributed to several factors, including Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ confidence and handling of his charge, and fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens’ masterful pace-controlling ride. Furthermore, his pedigree was one of the strongest among all classic contenders this year.

The colt put forth respectable efforts in all of his prep races following his blowout score in the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes in January, and circled back to top form at the most opportune of times at Pimlico Race Course - fulfilling the promise of his pedigree and becoming the first classic winner for a top contemporary sire.

Awesome Again, who at age 19 stands for $75,000 at Adena Springs in Paris, Ky., has built a reputation over the past decade as a stallion that “checks all of the boxes,” since he is a proven sire of racehorses of the highest caliber and has become a leading commercial sire to boot. Moreover, although he had not sired a classic winner before Saturday, there was no doubt whatsoever about his ability to sire runners that could handle two-turn distances. During his own racing career, the son of Deputy Minister excelled at 1 1/4 miles, winning the Queen’s Plate as a 3-year-old on what was then Woodbine’s dirt track and then closing out his career at age four with three consecutive graded stakes wins at the same distance, the last in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

During his stud career, Awesome Again has passed on his stamina, siring this year’s sensational Santa Anita Handicap winner Game on Dude and last year’s Haskell Inviational winner and close Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter, among other top route horses. His best son, 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, established the record time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1:59.02. Ghostzapper, now standing alongside his sire at Adena, is one of four Breeders’ Cup winners sired by Awesome Again, along with champion Ginger Punch (Distaff), Round Pond (Distaff), and Wilko (Juvenile).

Oxbow, a $250,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2011, has just as much quality and distance appeal on his dam’s side. He is out of the unraced Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizamazing, who is a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and prominent WinStar Farm sire Tiznow, as well as Grade 2 winners Tizdubai and Budroyale. All three of Tizamazing’s foals to race are winners, including Oxbow’s full brother Awesome Patriot, who won the 2011 Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park and finished third in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Another of Tizamazing’s full siblings, Tizso, is the dam of Paynter, as well as Grade 3 winner Tiz West and stakes winner Tizakitty. 

Jef Fawell More than 1 year ago
Let's all root for " Paynter " !!!
Craig More than 1 year ago
Awesome Again strikes again!What a racehorse, what a sire.Just like his daddy Deputy Minister.He hit the ground running as a sire,and to the last foal will have serious two turn runners.Throw in the Tiznow factor on the bottom,lookout.Oxbow will have an opportunity to be a great foundation sire at the new Calumet.He is one horse I won't mind seeing retire after his 3 year old season just to see what his offspring do in a few years.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Oxbow has an impressive pedigree. He has a bright future ahead of him. He has a family filled with great fortitude, bravery and stamina. I look forward to seeing him further blossom and have a fabulous career like his cousin, Game On Dude. And with all of those Breeders' Cup winners in his family tree, it would be appropriate if Oxbow won a Breeders' Cup race or two somewhere down the line in the future. I hope he does!
Jef Fawell More than 1 year ago
I couldn't have said it any better !! You know your.breeding !! Bright future, hope Wayne keeps Gary riding him, cuz I'll bet Gary will want to. Gary is a smart jockey !!! Take care Joy !
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Cee's Song is the really amazing broodmare. She was bred to Cee's Tizzy nine times. She produced Tiznow, Budroyale (second in the BC Classic), Tizbud and Tizdubai, both stakes winners: and the two sisters Tizso and Tizamazing, the dams of Paynter and Oxbow. This was truly a "golden cross".
Greg Stevens More than 1 year ago
Tizamazing is quite the broodmare...FULL SISTER to TIZNOW!!! 3 starters 3 winners...2 of them STAKES winners...1 of them GRADE1 winner....wow, I will be watching over the next few years to see if she might have another starter
GodofHellfire More than 1 year ago
From the family of Herod, Solario, Crimson Satan and Orby.
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! Congratulations to Oxbow and Gary Stevens for winning the 2013 Preakness. Lise from Maine