Big Brown: Photo by Rob Carr
The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the prestigious Triple Crown series will be held this afternoon, Saturday, May 17. The odd's on favorite is Big Brown, who galloped to victory two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, capturing the roses at the Kentucky Derby, May 3.
My love for Big Brown is no secret.I feel strongly that he will be victorious today. But it is not only his amazing athletic talent and his thirst to win that captured my heart. I love his body! He epitomizes the perfect racing Thoroughbred. This is not a delicate horse. He is huge and solid!
But when I ask my horse loving friends to reveal their "pick" for today's race, the overwhelming response has been, "I am SO NOT going to watch the Preakness". Their reason? They are scared to watch.
After Eight Belles' tragic accident at the Kentucky Derby, I suspect that the dread of another horror is frightening people away from watching this race. I am repeatedly told that until racing is made much safer for the horses and jockeys, they cannot in all conscience support the sport, by attending, or even watching from the comfort of their living room.
I myself am conflicted, but feel compelled to watch! And while I, like those who will be viewing the race are hopeful that Big Brown will win today so his Triple Crown glory becomes closer to reality, can Big Brown really do the job?
Photo by: Kenneth Klam
It has been 30 years since the Triple Crown was won by Affirmed. It has been a very long draught for a Triple Crown winner. You can bet that I will be on the edge of my seat this afternoon while I am glued to my bug screen TV. I hold a picture in my mind of my jumping up and down for joy at the end of the race as Big Brown flies over the finish line victoriously!
So I humbly raise my voice in prayer to the Equine Gods to watch over all the horses and jockeys today to protect them. Perhaps the softness of today's track condition from the rain will be a boon, but I don't know. I worry!!
Will you be watching the race today? Who is your favorite? Don't keep us in suspense. . . leave a comment and share YOUR pick!
Edit: 6:45 PM Big Brown is tasting the Susans!