Oxbow’s Preakness

May 18, 2013: Oxbow’s saddle cloth and garland on display at the Lukas barn after the Preakness.

I’m still slightly bitter about Pimlico’s policy this year of not allowing SLR cameras, but my second-string Panasonic did a passable job.

Based on my recent posts, you might have noticed that I’m slightly obsessed with Oxbow. I love his unique coat, his quirky and overly energetic attitude, and his fantastic pedigree. I did want to see Orb win the Preakness, but my sentimental favorite was Oxbow. Once it looked like Orb wasn’t going to get it, I screamed and yelled like a crazy person for Oxbow.

After the race was over, my friends and I went straight to the stakes barn where the Preakness horses are stabled. What an amazing experience. I was so starstruck at every turn. There were so many racing personalities that I watch all the time wandering about, along with other famous people that even non-horse people would recognize. As usual, though, I was focused on the horses. My friends got to pet Orb, I got to hang out with Optimizer (who I’ve been in love with since I first saw him race in 2011), and I got a flower from Oxbow’s garland.

Even with the rain episode, it was a great day!

May 18, 2013: Oxbow on his way to be saddled for the Preakness.

May 18, 2013: Gary Stevens and Oxbow stole the Preakness on the lead. I love this win! Ironically, the only bet I won all day was my win wager on Oxbow, but by the time we were done at the barns the windows were closed and I couldn’t cash it!

May 18, 2013: Oxbow finally returned from the test barn at about 8pm after the Preakness. A crowd of photographers was waiting for him, and this is just about the only frame I took where he’s standing still. This horse has SO much energy!

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