2013 Preakness Stakes Predictions – Oxbow Considered A Long Shot For Preakness After Derby Struggles

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In its final preparation before heading to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, Oxbow enjoyed a solid run at the Churchill Downs, where it finished just sixth in the Kentucky Derby. A tough finish in the opening leg of the Triple Crown won’t necessarily set the tone for an awful race at Pimlico, but there are concerns about the way the horse wasn’t able to finish strong at Kentucky, and now Oxbow is listed at 20/1 odds for the Preakness Stakes. Unlike the Derby, the field for the Preakness isn’t projected to be as wide open now that Orb has established itself as a Triple Crown favorite and appears to be growing stronger ahead of the race. Still, Oxbow is available at excellent value, and that could sway some sportsbook reviews experts to at least play the horse to show at this weekend’s Preakness Stakes event.

2013 Preakness Stakes PredictionsTrained by the Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lucas, there is no doubt that Oxbow has an advantage when it comes to being prepared by a trainer that has sent 37 horses to this race including five winners. The problem is that prior to its sixth-place finish at Churchill Downs, Oxbow had really struggled at longer distances with a fifth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby. Oxbow was never really in contention in that race, climbing from 10th to fifth thanks to a steady pace but never catching up to the pace. That is something the price per head players will note heading in to the Preakness, even with the horse’s strong run at the Rebel Stakes in mind.

The Rebel Stakes is a Grade 2 race, and while Oxbow led the way for most of the race it was not able to hold on as Will Take Charge came on late and scored the upset win. The Calumet Farm’s entry had actually paced the field until late, where it seemed to run out of gas. It is hard to determine what the strength of Oxbow is based on the sports betting numbers, although its steady pace could allow the horse to surprise if its gets a quality post draw. Oxbow’s latest practice run was somewhere in the middle of the pack, and even with Lucas working hard to prepare both that horse and Will Take Charge, this horse isn’t considered a likely pick to win the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.

There is potential for Oxbow to shock the field and place however, especially if the horse gets an excellent break. At 20/1 odds, that could intrigue some live betting fans that are interested in playing such a long shot, especially with Lucas as the horse’s trainer. Oxbow won’t win the Preakness Stakes, but it could find a way to show with a little bit of luck and the right break from the post position. For all of the latest Preakness Stakes news and betting odds for this weekend’s race, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.

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