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Big Brown is big favourite

The only question surrounding tomorrow’s Preakness Stakes appears to bethe margin of victory for unbeaten and untested Kentucky Derby championBig Brown.

The only question surrounding tomorrow’s Preakness Stakes appears to be the margin of victory for unbeaten and untested Kentucky Derby champion Big Brown.

With four victories in four starts by a combined 34 lengths, the strapping bay son of Boundary looks to be heading for a Preakness triumph and then a shot at racing’s elusive Triple Crown.

“It looks like it’s Big Brown’s party,” Yankee Bravo trainer Paddy Gallagher said of the $1-million Preakness at the Pimlico Race Course. “We’re just glad to be a part of it.”

Big Brown rolled to an easy 43/4-length victory at the Derby two weeks ago and, out of respect or just common sense, almost all his rivals have decided to skip the Preakness.

Only Arkansas Derby winner Gayego, who finished 17th in the 20-horse race at Churchill Downs, decided to make the trip to Baltimore for the middle jewel of U.S. racing’s Triple Crown.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. appeared as confident of his colt as the Pimlico morning-line oddsmaker, who made Big Brown a prohibitive 1-2 favourite for the 133rd Preakness.

“Since he’s come out of the Derby, up to this minute, I’m very, very happy with the horse,” Dutrow told reporters yesterday.

 
 
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