Belmont Stakes: Oxbow vs. Orb in the cards

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By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Another year, another Triple Crown hopeful unable to come through.

After Oxbow upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb in Saturday's Preakness to extend racing's Triple Crown drought to 36 years, the next best alternative for the Belmont Stakes is a rematch.

And, it appears one is in the making. Both trainers are giving every indication their classic-winning colts will run in the Belmont on June 8.

After Oxbow's 1 ¾-length victory over Itsmyluckyday, with 3-5 favorite Orb finishing fourth, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he would probably bring the winner to New York.

Trainer Shug McGaughey says he'd like to run Orb in the Belmont as long as the colt is doing well.

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