There were nothing but smiles on the faces of those working in D. Wayne Lukas' barn at Churchill Downs on the Sunday morning following Oxbow's upset victory in the Preakness (Grade I).
“I looked at the fractions and they weren't blistering and (Oxbow) loves the front end,” assistant trainer Leigh Bentley said. “You always think, ‘I hope they aren't going too fast,' and when I saw the fractions I thought they were slow enough that he could go on. We were all really excited. He ran super.”
Oxbow's victory in the Preakness is a record 14th Triple Crown win for Lukas. He previously was tied with “Sunny” Jim Fitzsimmons.
“We'd like to add a few more,” Bentley said.
Bentley was at Churchill Downs on Preakness Day to saddle Indian Style in Saturday's 11th race. The race went off at 6:01 p.m. (all times Eastern) and then she had to rush back to the barn to watch the Preakness, which went off at 6:20 p.m.
“We raced back over here,” Bentley said. “Everyone was yelling and screaming down the lane. The whole barn watched. Everyone loves to watch the races. We cheer each other on.”
Bentley added that Oxbow and Lukas left Baltimore early Sunday morning and should arrive at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).
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