If you've been reading the news emanating out of Belmont Park for the last week, you would think that
A sampling of the stories from Elmont, N.Y., says that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will not win Saturday's Belmont Stakes because, among other things, he will be slowed by the quarter crack in his hoof or because he is not bred to get the Belmont's 1 ½-mile distance or because his main rival,
All of those are legitimate concerns (particularly the cracked hoof, though
If for some reason he does not fire on Saturday, the most likely candidate to don the blanket of carnations, as long as he doesn't scratch due to a left hind leg issue, is the aforementioned Casino Drive, second choice on the morning line at 7-to-2. The son of
The most intriguing of the longshots is the
From a handicapping standpoint, assuming you like Big Brown to win, the only way to make any real money on the Belmont is to try to beat Casino Drive for the place. So the play is Big Brown over Denis of Cork and Ready's Echo in exactas with Big Brown over those two and Casino Drive in triples and supers.
From a racing fan standpoint, just sit back and enjoy what will most likely be history in the making.