Saturday, May 17, 2008

BIG BROWN Destroys Field, Wins Preakness With Ease

BIG BROWN destroyed the field at the top of the stretch when asked to run by jockey Kent Desormeaux, and in only 10-12 strides went from even with the field to 8 lengths ahead, and like Michael Johnson back in the 90s when he was at the top of his game, Desormeaux shut down BIG BROWN and jogged home, saving energy for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. One of the most impressive moves I've ever seen a horse make.

Big Brown cruises to victory

That was as impressive a triple crown race as you will ever see.

So now the Belmont awaits, and a shot to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Over the next three weeks there will be an incredible buildup which will become a full on frenzy bu Saturday, June 7th. And that is good for racing, which really needs something good and positive to happen. It would be so good for the sport if BIG BROWN wins the Triple Crown and points towards a showdown with CURLIN at the Breeder's Cup Classic in November, but a mile and a half and a bunch of fresh new horses ain't no joke. In the 29 years since AFFIRMED won the Triple Crown in 1978, ten different horses have won both the Derby and the Preakness but failed to win the Belmont, including 6 in the previous 11 years.

Everyone in horse racing industry will be rooting for BIG BROWN to do it, myself included.

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