At about 5:25 Saturday afternoon, Gary Stevens and Skyring gave Forbes 400’s Brad Kelley and his Calumet Farm their first Grade II victory when they won the Dixie Stakes at Pimlico Race Course; in the same race, Kelley’s 2012 Kentucky Derby runner Optimizer finished third, missing second place by just a head.
“Skyring won the Dixie, and we almost ran 1-2,” said Calumet farm manager Eddie Kane on Sunday. “That would have been enough for me–that was a good day already.”
But less than an hour later, the good day got even better when Stevens piloted Kelley’s Oxbow to victory in the $1 million Preakness Stakes, the owner’s first Grade I victory.
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“It was surreal,” said Eddie Kane, who manages the farm in Lexington, Kentucky.