Just How Big is Big Brown?

The colt may be one of the best ever, or the field may just be weak
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 1:25 PM CDT
Just How Big is Big Brown?
Exercise rider Michelle Nevin walks Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown around the stall area at Pimlico Race Course, Sunday, May 18, 2008 in Baltimore.    (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

With Big Brown on the brink of being the first to snag horse racing's Triple Crown in three decades, some are wondering if the colt is really untouchable—or whether he's just the best of a mediocre field. The Belmont Stakes, on June 7, might help answer that question, the New York Times reports, as Big Brown will face another undefeated powerhouse.

Casino Drive is related to the past two Belmont winners, and according to Big Brown's jockey, who has ridden him to victory, Casino Drive is "the only one that can even entertain Big Brown’s stride." The colt's trainer, Rick Dutrow, is confident and ready for the challenge: "Everybody’s going to find out where he belongs." (More horse racing stories.)

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