Big Brown ready to make history

Jun 3, 2008 7:05 PM

Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber | This Saturday, Big Brown will attempt to become just the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and the first since Affirmed did it in 1978, when he had those memorable battles with Alyadar.

In its 140th year, the Belmont has had some epic battles, but this time there just doesnt appear to be another horse capable of running with Big Brown, even with his foot problems.

His trainer Rick Dutrow isnt concerned, pontificating for reporters that nothing could stand in the way of Big Brown.

Could it be that easy? There are eight other horses entered at press time; not all of them are resigned to show-money a few may make a race out of it.

The horse from Japan, Casino Drive, who was actually bred in Kentucky, may have a shot at foiling Big Browns Triple Crown party. He is unbeaten in just two lifetime races, but did win impressively on this layout in the Grade 2 Peter Pan. If hes able to move forward off that race and his impressive breeding says yes he could be running head-to-head with Big Brown down the stretch.

If Casino Drive is not the horse his backers believe him to be, then its all over as the rest of field looks overmatched.

History does side with Casino Drive, as he has the same mother as the last two Belmont winners; so the 1 mile distance should be right up his alley.

It would be a great race to see these two undefeated horses square off down the lane and battle it out to the wire. I will play the house quinnella with these two; it could be a very good bet.

As for the rest of the field, Anak Nakal has not hit the board this year and should have been looking for an easier spot.

Behindatthebar is trained by the miracle man, Todd Pletcher, but his best efforts have all come on synthetic surfaces and the horses that he beat add up to about nothing.

Denis Of Cork made a nice late run despite trouble in the Kentucky Derby when running a bang-up third he could be part of the trifecta.

Icabad Crane has never run a bad race but doesnt look fast enough for either Big Brown or Casino Drive. However, hes a must in the Trifecta in the third spot.

The Dallas Stewart trained Macho Again appears set to run another big race. He ran super in the Preakness, finishing second behind Big Brown despite having trouble, and he has been training up a storm at his home base, Churchill Downs hes a contender for a piece.

Readys Echo is the other Todd Pletcher trainee in this race, but he only has a maiden breaker on his resume; he did finish third in the Peter Pan but could not beat first level allowance foes in his previous start.

Tale Of Ekati is an interesting possibility; he ran a very good fourth in the Kentucky Derby despite trouble and he has been working a hole in the wind here at Belmont for trainer Barclay Tagg. Ekati is undefeated on the Belmont strip as he broke his maiden by better then eight lengths and won the Grade 2 Belmont Futurity here last September. Tagg seems to have this guy ready for a major run.

The last player in here is a horse called Tomcito, who they need to ship back to the Hippodromo in Peru.

For myself, I will be making a "Q" with Big Brown and Casino Drive, and a smaller "Q" with Big Brown and Tale of Ekati.

Then I will make a trifecta box with those three, and a second "tri" with Big Brown on top with Casino Drive, Denis of Cork and Tale of Ekati in the second and third spots.

The books will be packed so make your bets early and enjoy what will be a really big show.

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