Calumet Farm’s Oxbow, winner of this year’s Preakness Stakes, has been retired and will stand the 2014 season at Taylor Made Stallions for a fee of $20,000.
Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow had not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28. The son of Awesome Again emerged from that outing with an ankle injury that was set to sideline him for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Oxbow made eight starts his 3-year-0ld season, winning the Grade III LeComte Stakes in his seasonal bow before suffering four straight losses leading up to his Preakness triumph. Having finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby after tracking wicked early fractions, Oxbow captured the second leg of the Triple Crown in gate-to-wire fashion, giving Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his first Classic win since coming out of a seven-year retirement and Lukas his record-setting 14th career win in a Triple Crown race.
“There’s so much to like about Oxbow,” Lukas said in a release. “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.”
Oxbow went on to finish a game runner-up in the Belmont Stakes after being involved in the fastest paces set in the final leg of the Triple Crown since 1973 when Secretariat won the Belmont. A $250,000 yearling, Oxbow retires with three wins from 13 career starts and earnings of $1,243,500.
“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,” said Ben Taylor, Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions. “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 is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare, Tizamazing who is a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.
“Oxbow is a special horse,” Stevens said. “He has the speed of a sprinter, stamina of a classic winner, and the heart of a champion. And he’s so intelligent.”
Oxbow’s Preakness triumph gave Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens the biggest win of his comeback from retirement, and it served as one of racing’s signature moments of 2013.
“Oxbow is a special horse,” said Stevens. “He has the speed of a sprinter, stamina of a classic winner, and the heart of a champion. And he’s so intelligent.”
Oxbow is the first American classic winner by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again. His dam, Tizamazing, is a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.
For more information, please contact Travis White at 859-885-3345, or visit TaylorMadeStallions.com.