08/06/2013 3:20PM

Saratoga: Oxbow’s injury eliminates Travers bid

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Barbara D. Livingston
Oxbow, injured in the Haskell Invitational, where he finished fourth, is now being considered for the Pennsylvania Derby.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - D. Wayne Lukas made official on Tuesday what had been widely speculated for the last week - Preakness winner Oxbow will not run in the $1 million Travers Stakes here on Aug. 24.

Thus, the anticipated showdown between this year's three Triple Crown winners will have to wait for another day, if it ever happens at all.

Oxbow suffered an ankle injury in finishing fourth in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28. The day after, Lukas indicated that a start in the Travers was doubtful, but he didn't rule it out. On Tuesday, he did.

"I pretty much resolved that we're not going to try and make the Travers," Lukas said. "We may look at the Pennsylvania Derby [on Sept. 21] or something like that. That's more realistic."

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On Tuesday, Lukas said the ankle is "looking better every day" but he doesn't want to push the issue. Oxbow is being hand-walked twice a day and could resume light training next week.
"I've got enough athletic background in me to know that sometimes they look better, but then you push a little bit and it reoccurs," Lukas said. "I've got a good X-ray and a good ultrasound. I don't want to create something if I don't need to."

Though he won't have Oxbow to run against Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice in the Travers, Lukas will still be represented by Jim Dandy runner-up Will Take Charge in the race.

On Tuesday, Will Take Charge worked an easy four furlongs in 51.02 seconds over the Oklahoma training track.

"We'll get a little more serious with the next one," Lukas said. "He's right on target. He's had a really good couple of weeks up here. He eats better and does better up here."
Others pointing to the Travers are Verrazano, Moreno, Transparent, Romansh, and Java's War.

Kip Sudduth More than 1 year ago
Wish that D Wayne had worked @ 5/8ths instead of a half
Marissa Deerinwater More than 1 year ago
Get better oxbow!!!!♥
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Monmouth hasn't been lucky for ITSMYLUCKYDAY or OXBOW. The track is said to be similar to Gulfstream, but a lot of breakdowns this year - hope its just coincidence !
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Palace Malice is the now horse and Orb is coming off a rest that looked like he needed, we'll know more after the Travers as to if Orb is the real deal but for now Palace Malice is the best 3yr old out there. Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Sending a horse into a competitive 10f race like the Travers off of a layoff is not a recommended practice. McPeek tried it with Repent, coming off of a layoff since April with a injury; Repent gave Medaglia d'Oro a serious scare before coming up 3/4ths short and injured again. Coming in 'fresh' works well in sprints and miles, but takes a trainer with the right skills for 10f+. Of course, if any trainer these days knows how to do it, it is probably Shug.
Dave More than 1 year ago
There was word on the backstretch leading up to the Haskell that Oxbow wasn't right. Turns out those weren't just rumors.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Why didn't you share this before the Haskell was run if you heard this rumor on the backstretch about Oxbow???? Not good idea to say things after they happen because it brings into question what is now being said, should have just kept the comment to yourself like you did before the Haskell was run and just didn't say anything. Strange comment ?????
Dave More than 1 year ago
I heard this after the fact, not before the race.
Scott More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure when the ankle issue occurred, but he was moving like his usual self through at least 3/4's of the race. If it weren't for the post race news of the injury, then I would've just thought he was probably a tired horse.
John More than 1 year ago
If Princess of Sylmar meets up with Midnight Lucky again, different scenario, at least my wallet will say so ! But, if Dreaming of Julia and the other top fillys show up, it could end up being "the race".....................
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
Lukas runs them as long as they have at least three legs. Always was this way. He's had more break downs in big races than anyone else I can remember --- and that spans almost 40 years.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Stats to back up your opinion?
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
That 40 yr span sounds likeit is now clouding your memory with that outrageous comment you made about Mr Lukas. Time to leave the ponies alone and may I suggest playing cards......... Just trying to help out your bitter feeling toward Mr Lukas because if what you say is true do you think he would still be training???? Hmm.....
Scott More than 1 year ago
Michael, horses are fragile animals plain and simple. Any trainer that has any amount of horses under his charge will have horses get hurt. The simple fact of the matter is these animals may be born to run, but the overall design isn't that great. Maybe it's time to look to the Heaven's and send your criticism skyward. LOL! Horses get hurt plain and simple. I wish it weren't true, but it is.
Kip Sudduth More than 1 year ago
tired of hearing the same ol same ol......Ever hear of Sunny Jim?
Vince More than 1 year ago
other than union city who broke down in a big race?
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
Living about 5 miles from Parx...I would love to Oxbow go to the Pa Derby! If they can also get Princess Of Sylmar to run in The Cotillion that would be sweet! Crossing my fingers!
Tom Gaeta More than 1 year ago
I was at Monmouth for the Haskell and when the brought the horses to the Paddock Oxbow looked bad, he had his head down and was foaming at the mouth heavily. That made me think about Lucas' training tactics on him and I changed my super picks. The number came up short anyway, a healthy Oxbow would have fought Verrazano all the way to the wire in that one. Watch out for Will Take Charge in this next one, he might be coming into for and hit the triple behind Verrazano somewhere.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Will Take Charge ?????? didn't you just comment that you were concerned about how Lukas trains horses and now your picking a Lukas horse??????? did you really just do that ?????? quit gambling before you loose all your $$$$$$
Kip Sudduth More than 1 year ago
I think he should of re - read his blog. There will always be trainer bashers. I wish my emotions weren't so bad when I see Baffert and Pletcher with all the horses in the field. It makes me think of how Chicago always won with Jordan, or the Lakers with ...........too many to name. Good luck all!!
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Why do the horses that always do right by me end up with such problems, later on? Get well, Oxbow. And thank you!