Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who at age 50 came out of retirement earlier this year, led
Stevens is the oldest jockey to win the Preakness, his third in the second leg of the
"It's so special," Stevens said. "Wayne, he supported me. Put me on my first Triple Crown winner. A lot of people were trying to get me off. He was the first guy to call me up and said 'I'm going to have a colt for you. His name is Oxbow.'
"Wayne is like a brother, coach, a father figure to me."
It was the sixth Preakness victory for 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, second all-time. It was Lukas' 15th win in a Triple Crown race, most in horse racing history.
“I get paid to spoil dreams,” Lukas told
The win by Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot, on a gray, cool day means the Triple Crown will have to wait another year. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. After Orb's dominating win in the Derby two weeks ago, talk turned immediately to winning all three classic races.
But Orb, who started in the first post position as a 3-5 favorite, seemed to be bothered by traffic throughout the race and never made a strong run for the lead. He finished fourth, nine lengths back of Oxbow.
“I'm disappointed," said
Stevens took Oxbow to the lead right out of the gate and never looked back. He was challenged briefly down the stretch by
Oxbow paid $32.80 to win, $12 to place and $6.80 to show. Itsmyluckyday, with