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Saratoga: Oxbow’s injury eliminates Travers bid
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."
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.
Wish that D Wayne had worked @ 5/8ths instead of a half
Get better oxbow!!!!♥
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 !
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.
There was word on the backstretch leading up to the Haskell that Oxbow wasn't right. Turns out those weren't just rumors.
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".....................
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.
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!
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.
Why do the horses that always do right by me end up with such problems, later on? Get well, Oxbow. And thank you!
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