Welcome Back: Preakness Victory Signals Calumet’s Return to Prominence
While many racing fans are understandably disappointed that there won’t be a Triple Crown winner once again this year, the result of the G1 Preakness Stakes did mark a return to the spotlight for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, jockey Gary Stevens, and most significantly, Calumet Farm.
Oxbow’s victory provided Calumet with its eighth Preakness winner – the first since Forward Pass in 1968.
Calumet Farm is now owned by Brad Kelley, a reclusive billionaire who’s determined to bring Calumet back to racing prominence, writes John Clay in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Kelley shuns the spotlight so much that it was one of his daughters that represented the family at Pimlico on Saturday. Trainer Lukas indicated that even though as of Sunday morning he hadn’t heard from Kelley regarding Oxbow’s victory, Lukas knew that the Franklin, Ky., native was excited about the victory.
And as Clay writes in his article, “racing’s excited to have Calumet back in the game.”