Every few years it seems as though there is another horse with a chance to pull off the elusive triple crown, only to run out of gas on the long Belmont track. But after watching on TV as Big Brown put on a clinic at Preakness this afternoon, I really think this year could be different, and on June 7, we could be seeing the first triple crown winner in 30 years. In case you missed it, I’ve posted the video below. Even if you aren’t into horses, it’s worth watching just to see what a perfectly run race looks like. Early in the race, Big Brown is at the inside position, along the rail, but about midway through, the jockey pulled the horse back a bit so that he could safely move to the outside. He just sat there, biding his time, until just after the final turn, after which the jockey let Big Brown go, and the horse just burst to the front of the field with explosive speed, coasting to a five length victory as if it were a walk in the park. He should have plenty left over for Belmont in three weeks. This really seems like a horse that is in a league of its own relative to the rest of the field. Horseracing is even stranger than politics in terms of all sorts of freakish possibilities, but based on everything we know now, this horse seems poised to make it a triple.
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