It isn't everyday a horse just like Big Brown comes around to attract the eye of the media; this has been around 30 decades, in fact. So why are horse racing fans prepared to bet on him to get the 2008 Belmont Stakes? It's simple, really: Big Brown has won the first two gems, he is fast, he's strong, he has outstanding endurance and divine conclusion. But above all else he's got the heart of a champion - a Triple Crown winner.
After Big Brown burst out from agen bola gates at the 2008 Kentucky Derby and blew away the field at Churchill Downs to win from 4 3/4 spans over second-place finisher Eight Belles -- we all watched in amazement. After he made a repeat performance at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, this time finishing 5 1/4 lengths ahead of longshot Macho Again -- we all stood and we all despised because all of us knew this is a special moment.
Big Brown can be actually a huge deal - he's the real deal.
So what if he's got a crack in his or her mommy? (It's been repaired and based on trainer Rick Dutrow he's as good as new.) What will people do if he really doesn't?
The odds on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes, Big Brown must instinctively know that this next race is likely to be his biggest.
Oddson favorites to win the Belmont Stakes have gone 12-for-30 as well as the previous five horses were defeated. In case Big Brown could win this one he'll become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in the annals of American thoroughbred racing.
Critics and odds makers assert that the field of horses competing for the Belmont Stakes isn't nearly as challenging because they're in days gone by; that because of his sheer size and strength, a winning bet on Big Brown sounds easy enough for the newcomer horse handicapper.
But don't be too quick to rule one out of Big Brown's main competitions: Casino Drive.
Casino Drive comes from precisely the same mare (Better Than Honour) as the last two Belmont Stakes winners -- Jazil and Rags to Riches -- also he won the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes by 5 3/4 crosses, covering the 1 1/8 miles trail at Belmont Park in 1:47.87 and getting a Beyer Speed Figure of 101. With that type of history, you'd believe that Casino Drive can get short work of this 1 1/2 miles off dirt trail set outside at front of him at the coming Belmont Stakes.
Despite Big Brown blasting dirt from his face?
Jockey Kent Desmoreaux, the American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who holds the U.S. record for some races obtained at one year, will yet again be riding Big Brown on race June 7th. Having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes atop Big Brown, Desmoreaux knows exactly what this special horse is really capable of doing. Ironically, Desmoreaux was also the winning jockey who rode Casino Drive to victory at the Peter Pan Stakes. None the less, Desmoreaux stands firm on his decision when asked which is the better horse - Casino Drive or Big Brown.