Big Brown's Trainer Makes Big Boast
Confident Dutrow calls Triple Crown 'foregone conclusion'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 10:41 AM CDT
Big Brown's trainer, Rick Dutrow, insists that Smarty Jones, the last horse to try for racing's biggest prize, lost the Belmont Stakes because his connections "were not smart."    (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,file)
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(Newser) – When Big Brown enters the gate for the Belmont Stakes next week, one member of the crowd won't be on pins and needles: Rick Dutrow is confident his horse will win, reports USA Today. "I feel that he will do it. It's actually a foregone conclusion for me," the trainer said yesterday of his colt's Triple Crown chances.

Dutrow's confidence may be well founded: Big Brown has won his first five races by a combined, and commanding, 39 lengths. A win in the June 7 Belmont would wrap up the first Triple Crown since Affirmed became the 11th horse to take it all in 1978. "I know it's going to be a beautiful picture for us," Dutrow said.