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If Big Brown wins the Belmont, his Triple Crown will place him on the threshold of greatness; he will still need to charge through the door with further feats to prove it.

If Big Brown wins, we his contemporaries may not rank him among the greats; time may be kinder, as […]

You Know You Want to…

Screw Hooters, UPS and Woodford Reserve — this is more like it:

Suffolk Downs has announced that the purse for this year’s Massachusetts Handicap will be $5 million if Big Brown wins the Triple Crown and both he and 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Curlin remain unbeaten in 2008, and go on […]

Make A New Cult Every Day To Suit Your Affairs

With all the hoopla over Big Brown’s crack at the Belmont this weekend, you may have overlooked the fact that there’s another major mile-and-a-half race for 3-year-olds being run this Saturday — the Epsom Derby. The Guardian asked whether the race is still the premier racing event in Europe and enlisted Bill Oppenheim, one of […]

Belmont Post Positions

I don’t believe that post position is usually much of a factor in the Belmont; while in theory Big Brown could get boxed in behind traffic from the 1, he should have enough natural ability to overcome such adversity.

However, the strategy in the Belmont often seems to be to get the favorite to run […]

Big Brown eBay Watch

Today’s most ambitiously-priced item is a collection of ‘10 Great Domain Names‘ related to Big Brown — let it not go unnoticed that these names are ‘EXCELLANT’ [sic] and include such easy-to-remember URLS as ‘BIG BROWN GETS TRIPLE CROWN.COM.’ But hey, for your $100,000 bid, you do get free shipping.

The highest-priced items with bids […]

Flames Over Persepolis

Louise Firouz, the renowned horse breeder who rediscovered the Caspian horse, has died in Iran. Although still very rare, the breed (which DNA analysis has demonstrated to be the likely ancestor of Arabians and other eastern breeds — and thus, by extension, thoroughbreds) was recognized and revived by the American-born Firouz, at enormous personal cost […]

Surviving the Belmont

When there’s a Triple Crown on the line, it’s not just a normal Saturday at Belmont; it’s a madhouse. Here’s how to make it bearable:

1) Reserved seats. You’ve missed your chance to get them directly from NYRA by a few months at this point (the ticket lottery is great for hardcore fans, since it […]

Tomcito Out

Tomcito is apparently out of the Belmont with a ‘reaction‘ — no specifics were given on what might be going on there, but it would seem that the ranks are thinning for the race. Given the number of unpleasant things that have come out about Big Brown’s connections, it’s easy to slip into conspiracy theory […]