Trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens talk about 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow after winning the race. They went on to finish second behind Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes.
Preakness winner Oxbow arrived at Saratoga Racecourse on July 9 in preparation for a summer campaign that will begin with the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on July 28.
After taking a brief break from racing after finishing second in the Belmont Stakes, Oxbow returned to the work tab on July 6 with a five furlong breeze in 1:02 at Churchill Downs. The Awesome Again son will use the Haskell as a prep for the Travers Stakes.
"He couldn't be doing any better," D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow’s trainer, told the Blood-Horse. "We have a chance at the 3-year-old championship, and possibly Horse of the Year, so we'll go for the million-dollar purse and grade I win in the Haskell and then come back in the Travers.”
The Haskell will be Oxbow’s eighth start of the year. He raced in all three legs of the Triple Crown, with his worst finish in the series being a sixth in the Kentucky Derby.
OXBOW WON THE LECOMTE STAKES IN JANUARY TO PUT HIMSELF ON THE TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL
Photo courtesy of Lou Hodges
Belmont winner Palace Malice will take a different route to the Travers as trainer Todd Pletcher points him toward the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 27. Kentucky Derby winner Orb will train up to the Travers Stakes according to trainer Shug McGaughey.