Can Anyone Beat Big Brown? 2008 Preakness Stakes Preview
Some might say that Big Brown’s performance this past online horse wagering Saturday in the Kentucky Derby is the sign that he is indeed a super-horse. After all, he attended a quick pace from the 20 hole and pretty much ran a lot of his other 3-year old counterparts into the ground.
A lot of very good horsemen, with a lot more knowledge regarding horse racing then me, have pegged Big Brown as the 2008 winner of the Triple Crown. He’s the only one who has a shot as the winner of the Kentucky Derby, and the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, looks like a shoo-in for him…but I’m not sold.
Not yet. Maybe, it’s the fact that horse racing has changed to the point that I just can’t believe in a horse with soft feet like Big Brown. Maybe, it’s the fact that I checked out his Kentucky Derby run again and realized that he didn’t run as fast as it looked during the actual running. Brown finished the Kentucky Derby with a winning time of 2:01. That’s about what Street Sense did last year. The question now becomes is there a new shooter out there who can take Big Brown down?
I think that there is. We need to remember the hype regarding Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. FuPeg was the undisputed Triple Crown winner until Red Bullet beat him down in the Preakness. It can happen again with my upset special horse. Whether he makes the Preakness or not depends on a work this weekend, but I do believe that if trainer Todd Pletcher puts my number one ranked Derby prospect into the race, there will be no winner of the Triple Crown this year.
2008 Preakness Stakes Preview
1. Harlem Rocker – - His BetUS online racebook odds are currently 9 to 2. Since there shouldn’t be more then six or seven horses in the Preakness field, this guy is easily the top pick to upset Big Brown and to win the Preakness stakes. He’s bred to be a runner. He is undefeated, had to check at the break in his last race which shows he can overcome trouble, and trains super fast. He runs for Todd Pletcher which means you know that he is a quality horse.
2. Big Brown – - BetUS online racebook odds of 1 to 3 actually make the Kentucky Derby winner an overlay. If you think I’m full of it with Harlem Rocker, then please log onto the BetUS online racebook site and bet this guy to win right now! His odds will be 1 to 9 in the Preakness. So, 1 to 3 are excellent odds.
3. Recapturetheglory – - Here’s hoping that Louis Roussell III puts his speedster into the Preakness. Recapturetheglory is a quality enough animal to stick it to Big Brown on the lead. He also will find the 1 3/16th miles of the Preakness much more to his liking. If he gets the lead, Big Brown will have to go with him – - or not. If not, then Recapturetheglory could pull an upset. He would be hard to run down in the lane at Pimlico.
4. Riley Tucker – - Like Louis Roussell III, the trainer of this one, Bill Mott, hasn’t committed to the Derby. Trust me, he should. This horse is moving in the right direction for Mott and the Preakness is a much easier race for turf trainers, like Mott, to switch their horses to the dirt then the Kentucky Derby is. The BetUS online racebook hasn’t released odds on this guy yet. No worries. Once Mott commits we’ll be staring at 50 to 1. Article Courtesy of D.S. Willaimson of BetUs