Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Gary Stevens
- * Oxbow’s sire, Awesome Again, won the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic and sired 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper
- * Oxbow’s dam, Tizamazing, is an unraced full-sister to 2000 Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Tiznow
- * Bought for $250,000 as a yearling
- * Has won three of 11 starts, including the Grade 1 Preakness and Grade 3 LeComte
- * Oxbow is the most-experienced Belmont Stakes contender with 11 career starts
Owner Brad Kelley, born in Franklin, Ky. and a resident of Franklin, Tenn., founded Commonwealth Tobacco, a producer of discounted cigarettes, in 1990. In 2001, Kelley sold his company for $1 billion and invested in 1.2 million acres of real estate in Texas, Florida and New Mexico. Kelley formerly raced under the name Bluegrass Hall and since 2012 has leased Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky. Under previous owners, Calumet Farm campaigned racing legends such as Alydar, Citation, Coaltown, and Whirlaway. Kelley has had one Belmont starter to date, Optimizer, who finished 10th in 2012.
D. WAYNE LUKAS
On May 18, Lukas, 77, won his sixth Preakness and a record 14th Triple Crown race when he sent out Oxbow to a 15-1 upset. Among modern-day trainers, the Hall of Famer has the second-most Belmont starters with 22, winning with Tabasco Cat in 1994, Thunder Gulch in 1995, Editor’s Note in 1996 and Commendable in 2000. Lukas, who began training thoroughbreds full-time in 1978, has trained 24 horses to 29 year-end championships, including Horse of the Year in 1990 (Criminal Type), 1996 (Lady’s Secret) and 1999 (Charismatic). A four-time Eclipse Award winner as top trainer, in 1995 he became the first trainer to win all three legs with two different horses, Thunder Gulch and Timber Country, and won six straight Triple Crown races from the 1994 Preakness to the 1996 Kentucky Derby. Lukas was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1999, the year he became the first trainer to reach $200 million in career earnings.
Stevens, 50, has made a successful return to the saddle in 2013 after retiring in 2005. He seeks his fourth Belmont Stakes win, having captured the race in 1995 with Thunder Gulch, in 1998 with Victory Gallop, and in 2001 with Point Given. Oxbow gave Stevens his third Preakness win, with the rider having also won the Kentucky Derby three times. A native of Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens was the regular rider of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and 1998 Dubai World Cup victor Silver Charm. Stevens was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 and portrayed jockey George Woolf in the 2003 film “Seabiscuit.”
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