Big Brown Is Horse to Beat at Preakness

The now 1-4 favorite is the fastest, but questions about experience linger
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2008 11:53 AM CDT
Exercise rider Michelle Nevin jogs Preakness entry and Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown at Pilmico Race Course, Friday, May 16, 2008, in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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(Newser) – He’s big and he’s brown, and he’s perhaps the fastest horse at Pimlico Race Course. So is Big Brown a shoe-in to win today's Preakness Stakes, and heck, the whole Triple Crown? He’s certainly the horse to beat, with odds at 1-4. But some think the 3-year-old’s got a weakness—inexperience, the Baltimore Sun reports.

“Big Brown has never been in between horses like he will be this weekend,” said a rival trainer. “If you get horses in front of him, will he be able to handle it? Will he take dirt in his face and keep on running? If he handles it, fine. He'll deserve (the victory).”