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Just Belmont left for Big Brown

May 18, 2008 1:44 AM

by Mark Mayer |

Big Brown went off at 1-5 and the public knew he had no competition Saturday in the 133rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Big Brown pulled away from Macho Again and Icabad Crane down the stretch to win going away and moved within one victory of becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years.

Big Brown paid more to finish second ($2.60) than first ($2.40). One prop that placed Big Brown against the field opened at -205 for the Kentucky Derby winner and +165 for any horse in the field. None came close.

Most of the racing experts suggested that the wise betting should be focused on the trifecta and superfecta. The tri of Big Brown, Macho Again and Icabad Crane (7-1-3) paid $336. Race Car Rhapsody (6) finished fourth with the superfecta (7-1-3-6) paying nearly $1,200.

The final leg of the Triple Crown will be in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7 in Elmont, New York. Big Brown is sure to be an overwhelming favorite and was 11-to-10 prior to the Preakness in a prop bet to win the Triple Crown.