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By Sandra McKee and Sun reporter | May 18, 2008
Jockey Kent Desormeaux took what he called an "armchair" ride on Big Brown yesterday, easing his way down the front stretch at Pimlico Race Course to a memorable Preakness victory that will send him on a historic journey. Just 1 minute, 54.80 seconds after leaving the starting gate, Big Brown crossed the line, his ears pricked, his legs rising and falling in a comfortable gallop, his closest competitor 5 1/4 lengths up the track. Big Brown is going to the Belmont Stakes on June 7 with a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years.
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After Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished in fourth place at the Preakness, we are on the longest drought ever for a Triple Crown winner ("Lukas kept prediction to himself: Oxbow," May 20). The last time a horse won a Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. Besides Affirmed, there 10 other horses who won the Triple Crown: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), and Seattle Slew (1977)
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By RICK MAESE | June 8, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y.-- --More than 1.2 million thoroughbreds have been bred in North America since we last celebrated a Triple Crown winner. Those who live for great moments thought we finally had another. Those who consider themselves dreamers hoped we had another. Those who spend their lunch hour at the local track bet that we had another. And those around Big Brown's barn bragged that after 30 long years, we finally had another. So we showed up at the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes to see the crowning of a new king, eager and curious to watch a mighty horse etch his name alongside those of the all-time greats.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
Only 30 horses have made it to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown. Eleven have succeeded. This is whyI'll Have Another's quest to become the 12th at Belmont Park on June 9 will captivate a nation that long ago stopped paying close attention to the way thoroughbred horses run. Every contender vying to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 is a Cinderella - a term not commonly used to describe...
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By RAY FRAGER | May 2, 2008
More sports media notes to consider while you try to escape this spring's extra-powerful pollen attack (which thus quite literally makes this column something to sneeze at): In Louisville, Ky., there is a local favorite sandwich called the "hot brown." (See what you can learn from watching the Food Network?) In tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, the hot brown being served up is favorite Big Brown. "Most of the horses all seem to have significant things that you like about them and significant question marks associated with them with the exception of Big Brown, who is unbeaten in three starts, but only three starts," said Tom Hammond, NBC's Derby co-host, according to highlights of yesterday's conference call.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,Sun reporter | May 15, 2008
After arriving with a police escort in a white trailer at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, Big Brown walked calmly from his trailer to the end stall reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner just after 8 p.m. The flight carrying Big Brown from Louisville, Ky., to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport arrived later than expected, but trainer Rick Dutrow said that was not an issue for his horse. "He was cool," Dutrow said. While Big Brown was en route to Baltimore, he drew the No. 7 post in the Preakness draw.
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May 26, 2008
NEW YORK --Triple Crown contender Big Brown has a slight crack to his left front hoof, although trainer Rick Dutrow expressed confidence yesterday that the injury won't keep his colt from running in the Belmont Stakes in less than two weeks. But the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has missed two days of training at Belmont Park and will miss at least several more while being treated by hoof specialist Ian McKinlay for a five-eighths-inch crack on the inside of his left heel. "We're all concerned because there's a big race coming up," Dutrow said at a news conference outside his barn yesterday.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN REPORTER | May 18, 2008
The owners of Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown have agreed to a $50 million deal to syndicate the horse's breeding rights to Kentucky's Three Chimneys Farm, NBC Sports reported. Michael Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, said he could not confirm the $50 million figure but said he was proud to do business with Three Chimneys. "We're so excited to ensure his future," he said in the winner's circle after the Preakness. "He deserves a good life after racing." The interest in the colt was hardly surprising given his dominance in five career starts, including the first two legs of this year's Triple Crown.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun REPORTER | June 8, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Trainer Rick Dutrow leaned on the rail at the Detention Barn a half-hour after Big Brown had been pulled up in the Belmont Stakes and momentarily dropped his forehead onto his crossed arms. Dutrow's thin brown hair was soaked. His blue shirt soggy. His hopes for history lost. Banished with the loss of a Triple Crown. Da' Tara, trained by Nick Zito and a 38-1 shot, went straight to the lead out of the starting gate yesterday and wired the field, winning in 2 minutes, 29.65 seconds and paying $79. Behind him, coming out of the turn for home, jockey Kent Desormeaux shocked a surprisingly small announced crowd of 94,476 at Belmont Park by pulling up Big Brown and easing home far behind the rest of the field.
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By BILL ORDINE | June 10, 2008
Unless something comes up in scientific testing to explain Big Brown's sluggish run in the Belmont Stakes, the reasons the colt, who was a favorite to end the 30-year Triple Crown drought, couldn't deliver are likely to remain a mystery. Why did he run so poorly, finishing last, in the Belmont on Saturday? Why didn't he run as he had in the Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness? Big Brown had won the first five races of his career, and none had been close. And, so, in the absence of some absolute determination, there will be theories and conjecture.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
The last man to take a horse to Belmont with a chance to snag the elusive final gem in the Triple Crown has some advice for Doug O'Neill. Stay true to the horse. "I think trainers going around asking other people what they should do, looking for how to handle it, that's stupid," Rick Dutrow, trainer of Big Brown in 2008, said in a phone interview Sunday. "It's got to be about your horse. Whatever anybody else did doesn't matter. You know your horse. " O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another, has already disregarded common wisdom over the past three weeks.
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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
Sam Grossman's fifth year as official bugler for the Preakness is one he'll never forget. Neither will his new fiancee, Valerie Moore, to whom he proposed between bugling duties for the fifth and the sixth races on Saturday. Even though the Long Island, N.Y., resident has been the bugler at his state's three racetracks — Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga — 250 days a year for the past 20 years, he had a big reason for popping the question the one day each year he musically introduces races at Pimlico.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2012
Rick Dutrow knows there's a difference coming into Preakness with a horse that has won the Kentucky Derby and one that didn't even make it to the starting gate at Churchill Downs. If anything, it might be a little easier for Dutrow coming to Pimlico for Saturday's race with Zetterholm than it was four years ago with Big Brown. "When you win the Derby, you have to ship to Baltimore and have to get ready to run in two weeks," Dutrow said by cell phone from New York earlier this week.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 17, 2011
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom had another strong workout Tuesday morning, perhaps his most focused exercise since arriving in Maryland, despite the fact that it was raining at the Fair Hill Training Center. Instead of running him in the mud, trainer Graham Motion sent Animal Kingdom out on the Tapeta Footings synthetic track for the second straight day, but he instructed jockey David Nava to make Animal Kingdom chase after a series of horses staggered in front of him to get the Derby winner back into the groove of racing.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
The Triple Crown will have to wait another year. Lookin At Lucky pulled away from the field Saturday to win the 135th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course and ended Super Saver's bid for the first Triple Crown in 32 years. On the final turn, Lookin At Lucky made his move and raced to the finish ahead of First Dude by three-quarters of a length. A jockey change was all it took as Martin Garcia, a 25-year-old from Mexico, replaced Garrett Gomez on Lookin At Lucky and ran a flawless race.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
On a grand, blue-sky day at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Tony Dutrow said it was easy to imagine that horse racing in Maryland is as vibrant now as when he was a boy tending barns for his father 40 years ago. But Dutrow knows better. It's often bittersweet for him -- and other former Marylanders such as jockey Edgar Prado -- to return to the state where racing once thrived and experience its decline firsthand. "You don't feel the atmosphere the same way," said Prado, 42, who rode Yawanna Twist to a fourth-place finish in Saturday's Preakness.
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By BILL ORDINE | May 23, 2008
Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is certainly making the most of his Andy Warhol 15 minutes. Already courting notoriety with admissions that he uses stanozolol (a steroid) on his horses and with boasts that Japanese-trained Casino Drive - presumed to be Big Brown's most formidable challenger in the Belmont Stakes - is facing "Godzilla," Dutrow was laying it on thick this week. "He's got no chance of beating our horse," Dutrow said of Casino Drive on Wednesday. "I'll be in the winner's circle when they get to the quarter pole.
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By Liam Durbin and Tribune Newspapers | May 1, 2010
This is one of the most wide open races in recent Derby history. Very flattering early odds for Lookin At Lucky, considering he lost his last Derby prep, has just one race on real dirt, drew the inside post, and has limited experience outside of California. His closing style should help since this race is stacked with early speed and that should help offset the disadvantage of the inside post. Sidney's Candy had a tough task already, being one of many early speed horse in the race, but things got worse when he drew the outside post.
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