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Rick Samuels

Oxbow to Arrive at Monmouth Park Friday

Preakness Stakes winner will ship Friday for Sunday's Haskell Invitational.

Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will have Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow  at Monmouth Park on the late afternoon of July 26 as the classic-winning colt is set to go postward in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).

Lukas sent Oxbow out on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga July 15 to work, but not for an official session recorded by the clockers. Oxbow's last official work was July 6 at Churchill Downs when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02 flat.

"He worked here and he's doing very well," Lukas said. "He went five-eighths but I let him breeze through the stretch here last Monday. I thought that 97-degree heat might cook him. The thing is, he puts so much into his works in the morning that I backed off. I didn't work him in the heat. I'm not going to. He'll just gallop up to the race."

Calumet Farm's Oxbow contested all three legs of the Triple Crown, winning the Preakness, finishing second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after pressing a torrid pace on a sloppy track.

Lukas will van the son of Awesome Again  from Saratoga on Friday and said he is scheduled to arrive on the Monmouth backstretch late in the afternoon at feeding time. Gary Stevens, who picked up the mount for the Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14 and was in the irons for all three of Oxbow's Triple Crown efforts, keeps the call and will jet in from Del Mar.

"We're keeping him happy and we're ready," said Lukas, who won the 1995 Haskell with Serena's Song, a member of Monmouth's Hall of Champions and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.