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By RICK MAESE | June 6, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y.-- --Michael Iavarone's curiosity got the better of him, and when he saw a group of reporters assembled at Belmont Park yesterday, he immediately knew the object of their attention. So en route to visiting his own horse, the celebrated and sanctified Big Brown, Iavarone made a quick detour and parked his white Mercedes in front of Barn 17. "This is the first time I've put my eyes on him," Iavarone said shortly after stepping out of his car. "He's a good-looking horse." All eyes were directed at the large chestnut colt named Casino Drive, considered the top threat to spoil Big Brown's Triple Crown coronation in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 8, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey Kent Desormeaux never had a clue about what was coming yesterday afternoon. His horse, Big Brown, was eager in the saddling area, almost fresh with the saddle pony before being loaded into the gate and had plenty of run going into the first turn. "I thought when I got outside those horses going into the first turn, I said, `That's it, the race is over, I got it.' Fortunately, there's no popped tires. He's just out of gas. "About the five-eighths pole, I was keeping an eye on the horse in front and I thought, `OK, let's engage and let's at least keep him honest,' and I was done.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | May 18, 2008
Big Brown's principal challenge at the Belmont Stakes is expected to come from Casino Drive, a horse sent to the United States from Japan to run in the Belmont. Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux has done more than scout Casino Drive - he has ridden him. Desormeaux was aboard Casino Drive when the horse recently won the Peter Pan Stakes. "He's the only one I think that could even entertain Big Brown's stride," the jockey said after Big Brown's runaway victory in the Preakness, leaving the horse one victory shy of the Triple Crown.
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By Childs Walker and Sandra McKee and Childs Walker and Sandra McKee,Sun reporters | June 7, 2008
No mere horse has been able to challenge Big Brown's speed, but today at Belmont Park, the handsome, personable colt will attempt to outrun something bigger - history. If he succeeds, he'll become the 12th thoroughbred since 1919, and the first since Affirmed in 1978, to win the Triple Crown. The 30-year drought is the longest ever in the series. Many observers think Big Brown is the horse to overcome the turns of fate and the grueling 1 1/2-mile course that have stymied previous contenders.
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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 Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | June 7, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Temperature above 90 degrees today? No problem, babe. The 1 1/2 -mile Belmont course? Big Brown's cool. And a third race in five weeks? Just forget about it. That's the opinion of Big Brown's trainer, Maryland native Rick Dutrow. But will all those things combined with the competitive presence of nine challengers be too much for the favorite as he goes for history and the first Triple Crown in 30 years? "I don't see it. I don't see it," Dutrow said. "I don't see that this horse has been dragged through the mud and made to run in every dance.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- As Big Brown points toward making history Saturday, the biggest road block he might face is jockey Edgar Prado, a mild-mannered man who is recognized as racing's Triple Crown spoiler. Prado just happens to be riding Casino Drive, the horse most handicappers believe has the best chance of ending Big Brown's Triple Crown chances in the Belmont Stakes. And Prado, who dominated the Maryland circuit in the 1990s and won his first Kentucky Derby in 2006 aboard the ill-fated Barbaro, has already ended the Triple Crown drives of two other thoroughbreds in the past six years.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 8, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey Kent Desormeaux never had a clue about what was coming yesterday afternoon. His horse, Big Brown, was eager in the saddling area, almost fresh with the saddle pony before being loaded into the gate and had plenty of run going into the first turn. "I thought when I got outside those horses going into the first turn, I said, `That's it, the race is over, I got it.' Fortunately, there's no popped tires. He's just out of gas. "About the five-eighths pole, I was keeping an eye on the horse in front and I thought, `OK, let's engage and let's at least keep him honest,' and I was done.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Throw Big Brown a curveball and he tends to hit it out of the park. He won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 20 post, a feat accomplished by just one other. When he drew a middle post for the Preakness, the question was: How will he respond to getting dirt in his face? His answer was to win going away. Now, in the Belmont Stakes comes another test. Can Big Brown win the Triple Crown while starting on the rail? Yesterday, Big Brown drew the No. 1 post for Saturday's Belmont and was installed as the 2-5 favorite.
NEWS
By Childs Walker and Sandra McKee and Childs Walker and Sandra McKee,Sun reporters | June 7, 2008
No mere horse has been able to challenge Big Brown's speed, but today at Belmont Park, the handsome, personable colt will attempt to outrun something bigger - history. If he succeeds, he'll become the 12th thoroughbred since 1919, and the first since Affirmed in 1978, to win the Triple Crown. The 30-year drought is the longest ever in the series. Many observers think Big Brown is the horse to overcome the turns of fate and the grueling 1 1/2-mile course that have stymied previous contenders.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | June 7, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Temperature above 90 degrees today? No problem, babe. The 1 1/2 -mile Belmont course? Big Brown's cool. And a third race in five weeks? Just forget about it. That's the opinion of Big Brown's trainer, Maryland native Rick Dutrow. But will all those things combined with the competitive presence of nine challengers be too much for the favorite as he goes for history and the first Triple Crown in 30 years? "I don't see it. I don't see it," Dutrow said. "I don't see that this horse has been dragged through the mud and made to run in every dance.
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By RICK MAESE | June 6, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y.-- --Michael Iavarone's curiosity got the better of him, and when he saw a group of reporters assembled at Belmont Park yesterday, he immediately knew the object of their attention. So en route to visiting his own horse, the celebrated and sanctified Big Brown, Iavarone made a quick detour and parked his white Mercedes in front of Barn 17. "This is the first time I've put my eyes on him," Iavarone said shortly after stepping out of his car. "He's a good-looking horse." All eyes were directed at the large chestnut colt named Casino Drive, considered the top threat to spoil Big Brown's Triple Crown coronation in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- As Big Brown points toward making history Saturday, the biggest road block he might face is jockey Edgar Prado, a mild-mannered man who is recognized as racing's Triple Crown spoiler. Prado just happens to be riding Casino Drive, the horse most handicappers believe has the best chance of ending Big Brown's Triple Crown chances in the Belmont Stakes. And Prado, who dominated the Maryland circuit in the 1990s and won his first Kentucky Derby in 2006 aboard the ill-fated Barbaro, has already ended the Triple Crown drives of two other thoroughbreds in the past six years.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Throw Big Brown a curveball and he tends to hit it out of the park. He won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 20 post, a feat accomplished by just one other. When he drew a middle post for the Preakness, the question was: How will he respond to getting dirt in his face? His answer was to win going away. Now, in the Belmont Stakes comes another test. Can Big Brown win the Triple Crown while starting on the rail? Yesterday, Big Brown drew the No. 1 post for Saturday's Belmont and was installed as the 2-5 favorite.
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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 Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | May 18, 2008
Big Brown's principal challenge at the Belmont Stakes is expected to come from Casino Drive, a horse sent to the United States from Japan to run in the Belmont. Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux has done more than scout Casino Drive - he has ridden him. Desormeaux was aboard Casino Drive when the horse recently won the Peter Pan Stakes. "He's the only one I think that could even entertain Big Brown's stride," the jockey said after Big Brown's runaway victory in the Preakness, leaving the horse one victory shy of the Triple Crown.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | June 7, 2008
Horse racing Belmont Stakes 5 p.m. [chs. 2, 7] You know what's going to be fun? Whether Big Brown wins or loses, Rick Dutrow, his trainer, is probably going to say something crazy. If Casino Drive does pull off the upset, it's going to be a treat to see his owners talk all kinds of trash in Japanese to Dutrow. And if Big Brown runs away with it, Dutrow is going to be the least-gracious Triple Crown winner ever. That is must-see TV.
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By RICK MAESE | June 7, 2008
Elmont, N.Y. -- At Churchill Downs, the black limo was completely out of place amid the pickups and ponies along the backstretch. It was parked outside the barn last month, and Big Brown's connections emerged. The horse's owner wore a dark blazer and Versace sunglasses, his eyes focused on a glowing cell phone as he indifferently answered reporters' questions. At Pimlico Race Course, arriving from Kentucky 10 days later, Big Brown was nearly two hours late to the track and the last horse to exit the trailer.
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