Calumet Farm's Oxbow, leading three-year old of 2013, is ending his racing career as a millionaire and winner of the Grade I Preakness Stakes. He will begin his breeding career, starting with the 2014 season, at Taylor Made Stallions, Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Bred in Kentucky by Colts Neck Stables, Oxbow is a son of Awesome Again out of Tizamazing by Cee’s Tizzy. He was purchased for $250,000 at Keeneland’s September sale in 2011 and raced for Calumet Farm. Oxbow was trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
Oxbow was busy as a two-year old, racing in nine graded stakes that included six Grade I races. He accomplished this at seven different tracks, in seven different states and at different distances in six of the races.
In his first start as a three-year old, he ran and won by 11-1/2 lengths in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. He quickly established himself as one of the colts to watch in the Kentucky Derby. His biggest victory was in the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.
Oxbow headed to New York three weeks after his victory in the Preakness. He came in second in the Grade I Belmont Stakes – the 2014 Belmont recorded the fastest pace since Secretariat’s amazing run in 1973.
We are absolutely thrilled and very appreciative that Calumet Farm has made the decision to stand Oxbow at Taylor Made, along with their plans to support his stallion career. To us, Oxbow is the classic, two-turn dirt horse that both the breeders and yearling buyers look for. He was a major contender in every Triple Crown race and is one of the toughest horses I've seen in some time.
Oxbow retires with earnings of $1,243,500. He will stand at Taylor Made Stallions for $20,000.
Lukas says about Oxbow,
There's so much to like about Oxbow. When we bought him as a yearling he was so athletic that it looked like you could put a saddle on him and run him. He was one tough son of a gun and as durable as they make them. On top of his great pedigree, Oxbow has the most important trait a stallion needs, and that's his natural speed and ability to carry it over a distance of ground.
Gary Stevens acknowledges Oxbow as a special horse. He says, "He has the speed of a sprinter, stamina of a classic winner, and the heart of a champion. And he's so intelligent."
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