|Oxbow wins the Preakness|
It was a fun, but exhausting weekend in Baltimore, my third year covering the race and I watched from the winner's circle for the first time instead of the perch up in the press box. One thing I saw before the race was the trouble that Govenor Charlie's handlers were having with his bridle when taking him out to the track. More than one F-bomb was being thrown at the person who was responsible for securing it in the paddock. They struggled for a good 90 seconds trying to get it on and the horse was none too happy about it. You can see it in a picture I captured below.
While the pace of the race was dawdling through the six furlong mark, the big surprise to me was that no one challenged Oxbow in the early going to keep him honest. Maybe they were just freaked by the hot pace of the Derby and the havoc it presented. I didn't have Oxbow, I liked him on the Triple Crown trail based on his pedigree to go long (probably one of the top two), but just got spooked by his inability to win and to sometimes find trouble. Oh well, that's why they call it gambling.
Here are some pictures (click to enlarge) from Saturday's travels...
|The Jagermeister Stage in the Infield|
|Pitbull on the Main Stage|
|Space Gal's required Celebrity Photo:|
Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed
|Johnny V on Summer Applause|
for Chad Brown
|Oxbow heads to the indoor paddock|
|The jockeys cross over to the saddling area|
|Kevin Krigger in full jog mode|
|Rosie and Johnny V|
|Julien Leparoux in the "Green Bay" silks|
|Hall of Famer and legendary Notre Damer|
Paul Hornung in the trackside winners circle
|Derby winner Orb|
|Govenor Charlie's handlers having|
|Post Parade: Orb|
|Post Parade: Goldencents|
|Post Parade: Titletown Five|
|Post Parade: Departing|
|Post Parade: Mylute|
|Post Parade: Oxbow|
|Post Parade: Will Take Charge|
|Post Parade: Govenor Charlie|
|Post Parade: Itsmyluckyday|
|NBC's Donna Barton Brothers|
|D. Wayne Lukas - "Hey There!"|
|DWL and Ms. Racing Queen (to the right)|
|First time by - Oxbow loose on the lead|
That's a wrap from Baltimore...back in a New York minute for the Belmont.