The results since Stevens returned have been admittedly mixed. Lukas was critical of Stevens' ride in the Arkansas Derby when Oxbow finished fifth after being dead-last for much of the race. Prior to the Derby, Lucas told reporters in Louisville that it was a performance Stevens, who has won nearly 5,000 races in his career, "won't be showing to his grandchildren."
Oxbow's performance in the Derby was a little more promising. Stalking speed horse Palace Malice, was near the lead with a quarter-mile left but faded down the stretch to finish sixth. It prompted Lukas to say about Stevens earlier this week at Pimlico, "I'm very comfortable there [with Stevens]. We've got karma together and we've had good luck doing this and he's gotten to know the horse a little better throughout the last two weeks."