Welcome Back: Preakness Victory Signals Calumet’s Return to Prominence

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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.”

Read more in the Lexington Herald-Leader

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  • Richard C

    Before the fall, Calumet Farm was in a very select group in the sport that was a beacon of brilliance which even the most casual sports fan could appreciate. May it shine brightly, again.

  • bristling

    Really ?? Come on you guys are really reaching on this story. Totally different people. NOT Calumet.

  • Glimmerglass

    It seems somewhat clear that Brad Kelley is more than happy to be far behind the scenes with any success of his racing outfit. Last year it was also his daughter Erin Kelley who accepted the trophy at Santa Anita for their 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner ‘Hightail’.

    I do wish that if she is to be the farm’s envoy, and the stable is only getting stronger, that any winner’s presentation remarks are a bit more memorable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    Yes, we are Glad to see Calumet Farm back in the spotlight!! I really had hoped Orb would win, but I’m Happy for Gary, Mr. Lukas and Calumet Farm.

  • Kris

    The name is right but it just isn’t the same without the ‘devil’s red & blue.’

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