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BREAKING SPORTS: 5-18-08 Big Brown Wins Preakness - Triple Crown Awaits at Belmont Stakes
Sunday, May 18, 2008 8:25pm

BALTIMORE, MD  From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING SPORTS:   5-18-08 Big Brown is two-thirds of the way to becoming a Triple Crown champion, after winning The Preakness Saturday, May 17th, at Pimlico Race Track.  

Seems Big Brown was on cruise control, but down the stretch he showed his stuff, extending his lead by 6 lengths, under jockey Kent Desormeaux who sneaked a peak to see if anyone was gaining on Big Brown.

"I looked between my legs, under my arms, and they were eight [lengths] behind me," Desormeaux said. "I stopped pushing. I said, That's enough."

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., who called his shot at both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, sounded nearly as confident after Big Brown came back full of run after putting away the field of 11 with ease.

"I know we have horse left. There is no question," Dutrow said, according to CNN. 

Now, Big Brown has a date with destiny as the 3-year-old with the perfect record heads for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks as the fourth horse this decade to try for The Triple Crown, a sweep last accomplished by Affirmed in 1978. The last to try was Smarty Jones in 2004.

 


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