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BALTIMORE -- Right from the start, a horse trained by one not so over-the-hill Hall of Famer and ridden by another took control of the Preakness. The result: a huge upset and the end of any hopes for a Triple Crown attempt at the Belmont Stakes. Thanks to Oxbows wire-to-wire win Saturday over Kentucky Derby winner Orb, trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens have themselves another classic to add to their stellar resumes. "I get paid to spoil dreams," the 77-year-old Lukas said after his record 14th win in a Triple Crown race. "Unfortunately we go over here and you cant mail em in. Its a different surface and a different time. You gotta line em up and win em." Stevens ended his retirement in January, and won his third Preakness to go along with three victories in the Derby and three in the Belmont. "At 50 years old, after seven years retirement, it doesnt get any better than this," Stevens said. "This is super, super sweet and it happened for the right guy. All the stars were aligned. Its even more special winning it for Wayne Lukas and his team." Lukas put Stevens on his first Triple Crown race winner -- when the rider guided the filly Winning Colors to victory in the 1988 Derby. Stevens last won a Triple Crown race in 2001, taking the Belmont aboard Point Given. "He supported me," Stevens said. "A lot of people were trying to get me off. He was the first guy to call me up and said Im going to have a colt for you. His name is Oxbow." Orb was unable to find his rhythm after starting from the No. 1 post, and never challenged in finishing fourth. "After we passed the half mile, he had a hard time keeping up and I kind of worried a little bit," Orbs jockey Joel Rosario said. "He just kind of steadied after that. He usually takes you there. He always runs hard, but today he never took off." Orbs loss extends the Triple Crown drought to 36 years since Affirmed became the 11th horse to sweep the races in 1978. There had been great anticipation the sport would get another Triple try just a year after Ill Have Another won the first two races but was scratched the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury. Lukas won his sixth Preakness to move one behind Robert Wyndham Walden for most wins in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The victory was a long time coming for the dean of trainers. The last Triple Crown race he won was the 2000 Belmont with Commendable. Before that, he was a regular in the winners circle after classic races. At one point, he ran off six in a row -- from the 1994 Preakness through the 1996 Derby. He also was the first to send out five horses in one Derby, and won it with Grindstone in 1996. The first trainer to gear his operation toward Triple Crown races, Lukas took a run at the coveted prize in 1999 with Charismatic. The unsung 3-year-old won the Derby and Preakness, but broke his leg in the stretch of the Belmont while finishing third. Oxbow, sent off at odds of 15-1, took charge from the start out of the No. 6 post and beat Itsmyluckyday by 1 3/4 lengths. Mylute, with Rosie Napravnik bidding to become the first female to win the Preakness, was third, followed by Orb, Goldencents, Departing, Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five. Orbs trainer, Shug McGaughey, so confident in the two weeks leading up to the race, was gracious despite his disappointment. "It was a great opportunity," the Hall of Famer said. "We were 3-5 and we finished fourth. Well pack it up and go home. Hats off to Wayne." He also recalled a brief conversation with Lukas a few days before the race. "Just two days ago, he said to me We got another one on the agenda," McGaughey said. "And darn if two days later he didnt get it ... When Wayne wasnt going good, he was still the first guy out on his pony. The guys a credit to racing. Hes always upbeat and optimistic." Orb came into the Preakness with a five-race winning streak and many expected him to win easily. But it wasnt to be on an overcast windy day at Pimlico Race Course, where 117,203 fans turned out. Oxbow went to the lead ahead of Goldencents and opened some daylight into the first turn. Orb, who broke slowly as expected, wound up in a cluster of horses around the turn and into the backstretch. While Oxbow was cruising along in front, Rosario tried to find room outside but found his path blocked. Orb dropped back to the inside, and perhaps frustrated without any space to run free like he did in the Derby, fell back to seventh and was never a threat in the stretch. "The pace was slower than I anticipated," McGaughey said. "I thought maybe they would speed it up a little bit but they didnt. I thought we would close into it but it just wasnt his day. He was just never real comfortable once he got down in there." Oxbow covered the 1 3-16 miles in a slow 1:57.54 and paid $32.80, $12 and $8.80. Itsmyluckyday, 15th in the Derby, returned $7.80 and $5 and Mylute paid $5.20 to show. Lukas had three of the nine horses in the Preakness, and it was his best Derby finisher who was able to come through. Just like that, he broke the tie with "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons for most Triple Crown wins. "I shared that record with a very special name," Lukas said. "If I never broke it, I was proud of that. But Im also proud to have it." Wholesale Stars Jerseys . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. Stars Jerseys 2021 . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. https://www.cheapstarsonline.com/ . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. Dallas Stars Pro Shop . 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It was a rare gem on a weekend when the NFLs special teams didnt live up to the moniker.Dan Quinns gut betrayed him in another Atlanta loss, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone from tossing interceptions to throwing darts at his coach, owner and GM.Kings was among the best calls in the NFLs Week 7 that featured Tony Dungy calling for Jeff Fisher to give No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff a chance to kick-start his career already.Put him in now, the Hall of Famer and NBC analyst said after watching Case Keenum throw three fourth-quarter interceptions in the Rams 17-10 loss to the Giants in London. Its obvious Case Keenum cannot take this team to the playoffs.Fisher doesnt want to hear it.Jareds going to play when we feel Jareds ready, Fisher said.To which Dungy said, I believe theyve got to get him ready.FADING FALCONS: When the Falcons won at Denver two weeks ago, Quinn said there was no comparison between this years team and last years. In 2015, the Falcons won their first five but finished 8-8. We are mentally tougher this time around, he said.Quinn showed too much faith in them in overtime Sunday.The Falcons (4-3) lost their second straight game when Quinn went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 45-yard line and Devonta Freeman was stuffed by linebacker Denzel Perryman . That set up Josh Lambos 42-yard winning field goal in the Chargers 33-30 win.It was just instincts, Perryman said. On fourth-and-1, it was a no-brainer that they were going to run the ball.Another no-brainer? Burying the Chargers deep with a punt right there.It was a gut feeling that I went with and it didnt work, Quinn said. We can second-guess it. Thats easy to do but it was more of a mindset. I have such belief in the guys to go and get that half a yard that we needed.In Quinns defense, special teams had a tough time Sunday, starting with Jets rookie punter Lachlan Edwards letting the ball slip through his hands on New Yorks first possession, handing Baltimore a quick 2-yard touchdown.The Raiders were leading the Jaguars by 10 with 3:35 left when King went in to punt on fourth-and-24. It looked like he was going to get smothered by the Jaguars when the snap skittered along the grass and he scooped it up. King, however, tucked the ball and darted 27 yards down the right sideline for the clinching first down.We feel like were a good football team thats learning how to win games and recognizing theres still a lot of things we need to work on, Raidders coach Jack Del Rio said.dddddddddddd.His athletic punter isnt on his fix-it list.DREARY IN THE DESERT: Hours after 43-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri sent his 43rd consecutive field goal attempt through the goal posts for Indianapolis, the Seahawks and Cardinals stumbled to a 6-6 tie. Arizonas Chandler Catanzaro clanked a 24-yard would-be winner off the left upright, and Seattles Stephen Hauschka hooked a 27-yarder with 7 seconds left in OT.I make that kick 999,999 times out of a million, Catanzaro said.Catanzaros miss came on third-and-6 after the Cardinals took a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty when they couldnt punch it in from inside the 1. Hauschka missed wide left on second-and-goal from the 10 with the clock ticking down.Sometimes bad luck oversteps good decisions.PRATFALL IN PITTSBURGH: The Steelers opted to try a 54-yard field goal on fourth-and-3 with about nine minutes left when trailing New England 27-16. Chris Boswell pushed it right and the Steelers never got close again.He made a similar kick a year ago in that same spot on the field when we tried him out. And the weather conditions were worse than they are tonight, coach Mike Tomlin said. We were down there, we had an opportunity to make it a one-score game. I took that chance.And the Steelers came away empty-handed for the second time after a takeaway in Patriots territory.THROWING DARTS: Fitzpatrick still believes in himself, even if the Jets decision makers dont. Just five days after being benched, the veteran quarterback came on in relief of an injured Geno Smith and helped lead the Jets on three scoring drives in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Ravens.The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself, Fitzpatrick said. Because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself.Yes, he added, he means he feels nobody believes in him anymore, not owner Woody Johnson, not GM Mike Maccagnan, not coach Todd Bowles.Yeah, when you get put on the bench, he said, I think thats the reason why.But with Smith now out with a knee injury, it looks like Fitz will be back behind center.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. and Will Graves contributed.---Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ' ' '

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