There is something unique about Big Brown, and it’s not just his decimation of the fields at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. It's a silver-dollar sized white spot at the top of his left front leg. “Some good horses have something about them that's totally different from other horses. … It’s their X factor," the Irish-born trainer who broke Big Brown as a yearling tells Sports Illustrated.
Big Brown was not highly-acclaimed when he was born, and passed through several different hands until he startled his trainers late in 2007 with some remarkable workout times. Now the colt sits a Belmont victory away from racing immortality. "You believe," says the Irishman, "that the spot was placed there by the hand of God."