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I’ve seen a lot of memorable performances and plays in the past year. Things like David Tyree’s catch, Tyson Gay walking Asafa Powell down, Dwight Howard’s Superman and so on. However, what I witnessed from Big Brown at the Preakness equals or surpasses these and other highlight-worthy exhibitions. While the Preakness infield was apparently its normally fun self, watching Big Brown destroy the field as he rounded that last turn was pretty exhilarating as well.

Next up for Big Brown: three weeks worth of “Will he be the first horse since win the Triple Crown since Affirmed?” speculation as he prepares to run the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the coveted Triple Crown. While Big Brown’s chances to finally accomplish the Triple do look great, the fact the Belmont is the longest of the three races — 1.5 miles — may play a part in the outcome.

Will jockey Kent Desormeaux preserve Big Brown’s energy so his horse has enough left for a strong finish or will this be a repeat of Smarty Jones?