Rebel Stakes runner-up Oxbow completed his preparations Friday for next week's $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas also had Rebel winner Will Take Charge on the track.
"Textbook," said Lukas of the works. "I was really pleased, absolutely. The track was a little bit wet, but today was the day I wanted to do it, so we went ahead and did it. That's it for Oxbow. Depending on what we decide with (Will Take Charge), it will probably be it for him as well. Oxbow went six furlongs and I tell you what about him. He blows out every day. He puts so much into his mornings. We end up trying to slow him down."
Oxbow covered six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 on the muddy track and Will Take Charge worked five furlongs in 1:01. Oxbow, winner of the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds, will be ridden by Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens in the Arkansas Derby.
Will Take Charge, winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn, has 60 points in the Kentucky Derby points race while Oxbow has 36.