Big Brown Does it Again
Once again, there are hopes of a Triple Crown winner on the table. The Preakness Stakes that took place this weekend saw Big Brown thunder home victorious. Now the spectacular thoroughbred looks towards the 7th of June for the running of the Belmont Stakes. The excitement and energy at Pimlico Race Course was electrifying, as the second stretch of the Triple Crown became the fifth consecutive career win for Big Brown.
After winning the Kentucky Derby in spectacular fashion almost two weeks ago, many were confident that Big Brown had what it takes to win the Preakness Stakes. Jockey Kent Desormeaux held Big Brown back and bided his time until the turn for the home stretch. Once Desormeaux asked his mighty steed to pick up the pace, Big Brown exploded into first position and comfortably held the lead until the finish line.
Macho Again pleased his trainer, Dallas Stewart, with his magnificent performance and second place. Stewart commented that even though he would like nothing better than to see Macho Again go up against Big Brown in the Belmont Stakes, it would be up to his horse and how well training goes. Third place went to Icabad Crane and though trainer Graham Motion suspects that his horse might be a little disappointed, especially after running as great as he did, he added that Icabad Crane is a gentle horse that takes everything in his stride. Motion hopes that after a little rest and good training sessions, they will be back to face Big Brown in the Belmont. Fourth place contender Racecar Rhapsody also ran well during the Preakness, however, the chances of seeing him at the Belmont Stakes is slim for now. Trainer Kenny McPeek is happy with his performance, but is not considering the Belmont at this time. The rest of the field consisted of Stevil in fifth place, followed by Kentucky Bear, Hey Byrn, Giant Moon, Tres Borrachos, Yankee Bravo, Gayego and Riley Tucker.
Big Brown already finds himself in the ranks of Smarty Jones, Majestic Prince and Seattle Slew, as he has also come out of both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness undefeated in his career so far. If Big Brown manages to win the Belmont Stakes, he will be the first horse in thirty years, with Affirmed being the last, to wear the Triple Crown title. And until now, is seems there is no better horse for the job.