Curlin was awfully impressive Saturday in Dubai. He was what I would call the easiest of winners. Albarado rode him beautifully and they captured the race in a very fast 2:00.15 and probably could’ve gone faster. I have my doubts about whether the champion will be returning to the United States. I expect him to be sold for a very hefty sum. I can only hope that I am wrong.
If Curlin does in fact return to the U.S. his greatest challenger may have risen on the same day he captured his biggest race. I’m sure you know who I’m referring to. Big Brown was about as impressive as can be in capturing the Florida Derby. He did what had never been done by winning from the 12 hole going 1 1/8. Not only did Big Brown win but he just missed the track record. Imagine if the horse had broke from the 6 hole!
I would like to stress that what I am about to say is very premature. Big Brown could be the one. You know the one I’m talking about. The one we have all been waiting for since 1978. He could be that horse. I’m not willing to say he is yet, but his performance was awe inspiring. He is the type of horse you have to be to win the Triple Crown. The fractions he set and the fact that he was still going away are unbelievable. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Still yet he has one horse that will be his biggest challenge. No, I’m not talking about Pyro. War Pass has the kind of speed that can make you gasp. He showed he wasn’t invincible in the Tampa Bay Derby, but you have to remember how good this horse STILL is. I’m going to be watching him very closely next weekend in the Wood Memorial. His performance may decide whether or not Big Brown will have his way with things.