NBC Horse Racing Analyst Mike Battaglia joined the Norris & Davis show to give his thoughts on the Preakness. At the Preakness long shot Oxbow led from start to finish to pull the shocking upset. Derby winner Orb finished fourth ending the hopes of a triple crown in horse racing.
Steve started off by asking how surprised he was that Orb didn’t finish in the money. Mike said it was pretty shocking because Orb trained well and Shug was definitely confident about his horse. However, if an upset had to happen it couldn’t have happened for better people.
Bob asked what was the biggest shock that Oxbow won or Orb didn’t. He said that Orb not winning was the bigger shock because he didn’t even look like the same horse that won the Derby. Mike said that Orb just never fired like he is capable of. He said that Gary Stevens is a master and he “stole” the Preakness.
Steve asked if they should change how the three races of the triple crown should be ran. Mike said no because we have seen horses do it in the past and changing the rules to make it easier isn’t right.
Bob wanted to know if we underestimated Oxbow. Mike said no he wasn’t overlooked and that he just ran the race of his life. Mike said that Oxbow was in the race coming around the backstretch at the Derby, but the fast pace got to him.