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By Jon Meoli and Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 18, 2013
A pair of racing aficionados from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., spent Saturday watching the early races at Pimlico, then they put their observations to use to score a massive payday in the Preakness. Joe Cavallo, 26, and Stephanie Rafferty, 21, hit the Pick 4 with Preakness winner Oxbow, Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, and Orb. One of their 72 50-cent Pick 4 bets netted $4,883.05, and Rafferty fought back tears as she saw the payout. “What am I going to do with $5,000?” Rafferty said. “It hasn't set in yet.” While the couple spends countless summer days at the track in Saratoga, Rafferty, who works in construction, said she only gambles on the big race days.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Throughout the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome's co-owner predicted victory to anyone who'd listen, saying he felt it from his gut and his heart. Coburn, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, sang the same confident tune Wednesday after his champion drew the No. 3 post position for Saturday's Preakness Stakes . His strong belief was echoed in the morning line set by Pimlico handicapper Keith Feustle, which has California Chrome as a massive 3-5 favorite. “I'm great with No. 3,” Coburn said after the evening draw, held on the infield at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
D. Wayne Lukas may seem to the public an unlikely candidate to be one of the most hands-on trainers working in horse racing today. He shows up on television - like Saturday, when his horse Oxbow cruised to a win in the 138th Preakness - looking more like a grandfather enjoying an unbothered retirement in a place where the sun is barely hidden. But the opposite is true. Sunday morning he appeared at his barn a bit later than planned but still less than 12 hours after his horse fended off a listless field in an unexpectedly languorous middle leg of the Triple Crown.
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Sports Digest | January 9, 2014
Horse racing Carrasco, Dance to Bristol are finalists for Eclipse Awards Victor Carrasco was named a finalist for outstanding apprentice jockey when the 2013 Eclipse Awards nominees were announced Wednesday. Dance to Bristol, based at the Bowie Training Center, is a finalist in the female sprinter category. Winners will be announced Jan. 18. Carrasco led apprentice riders in victories (215) and earnings ($4,357,715) last year. Edgard Zayas (183 wins and $3,512,381 as an apprentice)
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun and By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Gary Stevens caught the water bottle tossed his way, took one swig and threw it back. “He don't want any?” a man asked, considering jockeys usually shower their horses, too. Stevens shook his head from his perch atop Oxbow, the wire-to-wire winner of the 138th Preakness. “Ain't even tired,” he said. Stevens, a 50-year-old grandfather who came out of a seven-year retirement at the beginning of the year, used a daring ride to clinch an anti-climatic second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
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By Jean Marbella, Andrea Walker and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
No Triple Crown winner this year, no first-female-jockey-to-win, no sunshine? No problem, said those who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday and waited out a midafternoon downpour to watch Oxbow leave behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb to capture the 138th Preakness Stakes. "This is always an exciting race," said Tom Meek, 59, of Phoenixville, Pa., smoking a postrace cigar. "As much as I love Orb and as much as I want a Triple Crown, this is great for Oxbow. That horse rocked.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
He kept coming back, year after year, horse after horse, trying to get another victory in the Preakness Stakes before he was done. Going into the 138th running of the Triple Crown's middle leg, D. Wayne Lukas had tried eight times since Charismatic won at Pimlico Race Course in 1999 - with 12 different entries. The best any of his horses could do was third place - twice - with Proud Citizen in 2002 and Scrimshaw in 2003. But as the 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer pointed out after 15-1 shot Oxbow took the lead nearly out of the gates and held off Itsmyluckyday by 1 ¾ lengths to give Lukas his sixth victory in the Preakness, even winning a record 14th Triple Crown race was not going to change his career plans.
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By Rosemary Armao and Rosemary Armao,SUN STAFF | February 5, 1998
The Oxbow Restaurant on Ritchie Highway in Arnold makes some pretty big claims. "Seafood & Steaks," the menu promises."Award-winning crab cakes," the marquee announces."
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
With nearly every eye at Pimlico fixated on either the uncatchable leader, Oxbow, or the Kentucky Derby winner and heavy betting favorite, Orb, Itsmyluckyday cruised under the radar to earn a little bit of redemption in Saturday's Preakness. After failing to challenge Orb on the muddy track at Churchill Downs two weeks ago and finishing near the back of the pack, Itsmyluckyday finished in second place in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. "We did run our race, but we just weren't lucky enough to win," trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
What could have been a chance at the first Triple Crown in 35 years will instead come down to this for Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III: a shot at redemption. Always measured, Janney avoids soaring rhetoric when discussing racing. He's been around too long to get caught up in that. Publicly, he will say that having Orb - named today a 3-1 favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes - run again against Preakness winner Oxbow is "gratifying because it should help spruce up the Belmont and bring some excitement.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
What could have been a chance at the first Triple Crown in 35 years will instead come down to this for Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III: a shot at redemption. Always measured, Janney avoids soaring rhetoric when discussing racing. He's been around too long to get caught up in that. Publicly, he will say that having Orb - named today a 3-1 favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes - run again against Preakness winner Oxbow is "gratifying because it should help spruce up the Belmont and bring some excitement.
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By Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
The numbers alone say the 138th Preakness was a huge success. A crowd of 117,203, the fourth largest in Preakness history, was on hand to see long-shot Oxbow's shocking win and heavy-favorite Orb's disappointing run. And the total handle for the day was a healthy $81,940,233, sixth largest in history. But Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas still spent much of the day looking up at the skies and hoping the rain would stay away. It didn't, but it turned out he worried needlessly.
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Peter Schmuck | May 20, 2013
This was for every guy who ever had a mid-life crisis and tried to do something nobody thought could be done. Fifty-year-old Jockey Gary Stevens took Oxbow to the front early and never looked back on the way to an upset victory in the 138th Preakness Stakes that was truly one for the ageless. Oxbow was a 15-1 shot when he left the gate, and he wasn't the one beating the longest odds at Old Hilltop on Saturday. Stevens became the first grandfather ever to win a Triple Crown race, and he did it against a Kentucky Derby winner - Orb - that was considered almost unassailable.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
D. Wayne Lukas may seem to the public an unlikely candidate to be one of the most hands-on trainers working in horse racing today. He shows up on television - like Saturday, when his horse Oxbow cruised to a win in the 138th Preakness - looking more like a grandfather enjoying an unbothered retirement in a place where the sun is barely hidden. But the opposite is true. Sunday morning he appeared at his barn a bit later than planned but still less than 12 hours after his horse fended off a listless field in an unexpectedly languorous middle leg of the Triple Crown.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
Most of the horses in the stakes barns at Pimlico Race Course had cleared out by 8:30 Sunday morning, having loaded into vans under the cover of early-morning rain. Plates with pieces of cake left over from last night's victory party for Oxbow dotted the ground near trainer D. Wayne Lukas' temporary office, as did a few emptied beer bottles. As he said he would, Lukas began loading his horses into a van bound for Louisville less than 12 hours after winning his 14th Triple Crown race, a new record.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
He kept coming back, year after year, horse after horse, trying to get another victory in the Preakness Stakes before he was done. Going into the 138th running of the Triple Crown's middle leg, D. Wayne Lukas had tried eight times since Charismatic won at Pimlico Race Course in 1999 - with 12 different entries. The best any of his horses could do was third place - twice - with Proud Citizen in 2002 and Scrimshaw in 2003. But as the 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer pointed out after 15-1 shot Oxbow took the lead nearly out of the gates and held off Itsmyluckyday by 1 ¾ lengths to give Lukas his sixth victory in the Preakness, even winning a record 14th Triple Crown race was not going to change his career plans.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Standing outside of his barn at Churchill Downs, leaning against a temporary fence that seems more invitation that blockade, D. Wayne Lukas is as much a Kentucky Derby fixture as spilled bourbon and bad bets. The Derby takes thousands of horses in their 3-year-old years and whittles them down to a field of 20 through a series of races run across the country, and no trainer has been there at the end more often than Lukas. His two starters entered in Saturday's race, 30-1 Oxbow and 20-1 Will Take Charge, would be his 46th and 47th.
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By New York Times News Service | September 24, 1993
HOLLYWOOD -- William I. Koch, the chairman of a major supercomputing company and one of the richest men in the United States, has asked the head of a large Hollywood talent agency to explore making a bid for ailing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., according to film industry sources.In a letter dated Sept. 16, Mr. Koch authorized Jeff Berg, chairman of International Creative Management, "to solicit information about Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on behalf of Oxbow Corporation so that Oxbow can evaluate the feasibility of the purchase of all or part of MGM."
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By Jon Meoli and Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 18, 2013
A pair of racing aficionados from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., spent Saturday watching the early races at Pimlico, then they put their observations to use to score a massive payday in the Preakness. Joe Cavallo, 26, and Stephanie Rafferty, 21, hit the Pick 4 with Preakness winner Oxbow, Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, and Orb. One of their 72 50-cent Pick 4 bets netted $4,883.05, and Rafferty fought back tears as she saw the payout. “What am I going to do with $5,000?” Rafferty said. “It hasn't set in yet.” While the couple spends countless summer days at the track in Saratoga, Rafferty, who works in construction, said she only gambles on the big race days.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
For all of his laser focus on Saturday's Preakness, Claude "Shug" McGaughey couldn't help but dream ahead to the possibility of his colt, Orb, going for a Triple Crown at his home track of Belmont Park in New York. "I wouldn't be telling you the truth if I said I didn't think down the line a bit," McGaughey said. "I thought that if we could get it done today, going back to Belmont, we'd be comfortable there and we'd probably really have a big chance. " For McGaughey and Orb, the story ended the way it has for every other Triple Crown aspirant since 1978 - in defeat.
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