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What Can Big Brown Do For You?

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Big Brown

The Preakness is tomorrow and while you are enjoying all the debauchery, be sure to remember there’s a semi-important horse race going on tomorrow. You know, if going to a horse track to watch horses race is your type of thing — a legitimate question for all the in-field attendees.

If you are actually interested in the race, the other questions surrounding The Preakness are can the horse who launched a million UPS trucks (not really, but he did get his name from the shipping giant) win the second leg of the Triple Crown? If he does, will anyone in attendance be sober enough to appreciate it? Another question, deftly tackled by Pat Forde, is whether or not two-weeks is a sufficient enough lay-off for modern horses to compete the Triple?

I’m not sure Seattle Slew or Affirmed had these issues to worry about, but nevertheless, the concerns are out there. Others tend to stem from the Eight Belles tragedy and while they are legitimate, I’m not sure if they won’t just fall on deaf ears. The horse racing industry is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry (especially if you include the gambling aspect) and while the immediate destruction of one of these beautiful creatures leaves a lasting impact on the general sporting public and generates tons of shock waves, it won’t derail horse racing from moving forward.

We are in the middle of the Triple Crown season and it’s the industry’s time to shine and if the Barbaro saga didn’t dampen their spirit, nothing — not even the destruction of Eight Belles — will.

Anyway, enough op-edding for now; let’s look at the race. Can Big Brown complete and win leg number two of the Triple Crown? Considering the fact he’s a 1-2 favorite (for every $2 spent, you get $1 in return), it’s pretty obvious where Vegas’ feelings lie. When you look at the rest of the field’s odds, you can get the distinct impression Big Brown is the only horse worth paying attention to.

The second lowest odds are for Gayego, who comes in at 8-1. After that, the rest of the entires have double-digit odds. To me, this seems to indicate either Big Brown will destroy the field (in a winning way) or some enterprising gambler is going to make a lot of money off the likes of Macho Again (20-1) and Riley Tucker (30-1). With that in mind, I’m going to go out on a limb here and pick Big Brown to win, place, and show.

In other news, ESPN’s Randy Moss looks really intense. God, I love bad choices in online video freeze-frames.

Randy Moss

Don’t take any crap from that ESPN 2 crew, Randy.

Kentucky Derby Field Set

Derby Hat

Ah yes. It’s that time of the year — the first Saturday in May. Time for ostentatious hats, $1000 mint juleps, Derby Pie (if it’s from Kern’s Kitchen), celebrities and the most exciting two minutes in sports — all for the sake of watching the ponies run a mile and a quarter to see who wins the Run for the Roses and the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Kentucky Derby LogoIf you don’t know by now, I’m talking about the Kentucky Derby, of course.

Amidst all the celebrity pomp and circumstance, there is a very serious horse race to be run, one that has untold millions of dollars worth of preparation tied into it. If you’ve never been to Kentucky, it’s hard to explain just how much pull and power the horse industry has in the state known for bourbon and basketball.

Anyway, the field for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby has been set:

1. Visionaire
2. Big Truck
3. Colonel John
4. Z Fortune
5. Pyro
6. Eight Belles
7. Anak Nakal
8. Court Vision
9. Z Humor
10. Monba
11. Smooth Air
12. Adriano
13. Bob Jack Black
14. Denis of Cork
15. Cowboy Cal
16. Big Brown
17. Tale of Ekati
18. Cool Coal Man
19. Recapturetheglory
20. Gayego

As of today, the favorite is Big Brown who comes in the 3-1 odds. If, perhaps, you are wanting to go but think you might have missed your chance, Intentional Foul’s parent company, Ticket Solutions, has Kentucky Derby tickets. Unfortuantely, if you are looking at getting into Anita Madden’s party, we can’t really help you there.

But if you decide to crash it (Double Q tried one time. I believe they failed), send us pics.

Barbaro To Be Buried At Churchill Downs

Internet sensation and horse racing casualty (but yet, Mike Vick is vilified for his actions…) Barbaro will be buried at the site that made him famous: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The decision was made earlier today in Louisville, the anniversary of his death due to racing injuries.

“Barbaro took his place in history on the first Saturday in May 2006 with a brilliant Kentucky Derby victory, but his accomplishments as a racehorse are certainly rivaled by the courage and resolve he displayed after his injury,” said Churchill Downs President Steve Sexton. “We are grateful to the Jacksons for entrusting their beloved Derby champion to us.”

On the second leg of the horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness, Barbaro almost destroyed his back leg with an injury that looked so severe, the only possible reason he wasn’t put down on the spot was because of his potential stud value. However, now that his resting place has been finalized, perhaps he can be forgotten long enough by the immediate public in order to give his legend some time to grow…

In case you are curious, here’s the video of Barbaro’s incredible Kentucky Derby victory. He absolutely DESTROYED the field when they rounded the final turn. Goodness, I had forgotten it was that dominant.