BALTIMORE (TheBlaze/AP) — Oxbow upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Preakness Stakes today, dashing Orb’s hopes for a Triple Crown run.
The last horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont races was Affirmed in 1978.
Orb was unable to find his rhythm after breaking from the rail, and never challenged in finishing fourth.
Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey, so confident in the two weeks leading up to the race, was disappointed.
“It was a great opportunity,” the Hall of Famer said. “We were 3-5 and we finished fourth. We’ll pack it up and go home. Hats off to Wayne.”
That would be D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow’s Hall of Fame trainer, who claimed his 14th win in a Triple Crown race.
“I get paid to spoil dreams,” the 77-year-old Lukas said. “Unfortunately we go over here and you can’t mail `em in. It’s a different surface and a different time. You gotta line `em up and win `em.”
Lukas won his sixth Preakness to move one behind Robert Wyndham Walden for most wins in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Lukas was tied with “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons for most Triple Crown wins before Saturday.
“I shared that record with a very special name,” Lukas said. “If I never broke it, I was proud of that. But I’m also proud to have it.”
NBC has the full race video here: