10/25/2013 2:37PM

Preakness winner Oxbow retired to Taylor Made

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Barbara D. Livingston
Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow will stand at Taylor Made Stallions in 2014.

Oxbow, winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes, has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career in 2014 at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky., for an advertised fee of $20,000.

The 3-year-old son of Awesome Again retires with three wins from 13 career starts for earnings of $1,243,500 racing for Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm and trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The colt sustained an ankle injury while finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational July 28 at Monmouth Park in what proved to be his final career start.

Oxbow competed in all three legs of the 2013 Triple Crown, finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby, and two weeks later scoring a front-running victory in the Preakness as the second-longest shot in the field. He followed up with a second-place finish to Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes.

Earlier in the year, Oxbow established himself as a player on the Triple Crown trail with a win in the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds and a runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

“We are absolutely thrilled and very appreciative that Calumet Farm has made the decision to stand Oxbow at Taylor Made, along with their plans to support his stallion career,” said Ben Taylor, vice president of Taylor Made Stallions. “To us, Oxbow is the classic, two-turn dirt horse that both the breeders and yearling buyers look for. He was a major contender in every Triple Crown race and is one of the toughest horses I’ve seen in some time.”

Bred in Kentucky by Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables, Oxbow is out of the unraced Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizamazing, a full sister to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, Grade 2 winners Budroyale and Tizdubai, and multiple graded stakes producer Tizso. Oxbow is one of three winners from as many foals to race out of Tizamazing, also including stakes-winning full brother Awesome Patriot.

The cross between sire Cee’s Tizzy and dam Cee’s Song, which produced Tizamazing, has become one of the most successful and commercially lucrative family trees currently in the North American breeding program. In addition to the horses already mentioned, Oxbow is from the family of Grade 1 winner Paynter, Grade 3 winner Tiz West, and stakes producer Tizprecious.

Calumet manager Eddie Kane, acting as agent, purchased Oxbow for $250,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. He went through the ring during the third session of 13 at that year’s auction.

“There’s so much to like about Oxbow,” Lukas said. “When we bought him as a yearling, he was so athletic that it looked like you could put a saddle on him and run him. He was one tough son of a gun and as durable as they make them. On top of his great pedigree, Oxbow has the most important trait a stallion needs, and that’s his natural speed and ability to carry it over a distance of ground.”

Oxbow will enter stud the same year as older brother Awesome Patriot, who stands at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. What Now, a winning half brother by Distorted Humor and the first foal out of the dam, stood his first season in 2013 at High Point Stables in Lynn, Ind.