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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Preakness 138: The Day in Pictures

Oxbow wins the Preakness
There's your gate-to-wire winner, Oxbow, taking the 138th edition of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. I moved around most of the morning spending time in and around Old Hilltop trying to snap a few pictures for the 'ole blog. I was live blogging from mid-afternoon through the Dixie for The News and luckily that was during the heavy misting. My recap for The News for this morning's paper can be found here.

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

Doug O'Neill

Derby winner Orb


Govenor Charlie's handlers having
some issues


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.



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