- Dutrow is hepped up about Big Brown's return to grass, and so is Kent Desormeaux, telling the Form: "Dutrow won the Derby with a grass horse."
"We're hopeful he's going to be doing what he enjoys - racing on the grass - which is very exciting heading into the Breeders' Cup."...where Dutrow assures us that he won't be running on grass. "There's no chance we'll enter for Breeders' Cup Turf and Classic, just the Classic. It's where we want to run." [BRIS] Which means that Saturday is the last time we'll ever see this grass horse run on that surface. I dunno, none of this really makes much sense to me anymore.
Unfortunately, I'm seeing Red Rocks mentioned less prominently as a possibility for Saturday's race, but McLaughlin is bringing Shakis off his second Bernard Baruch win, a race in which he zipped home in 10 3/5 for the last furlong and earned a Beyer of 105.
“Big Brown’s a top horse and Dutrow’s a great trainer and I loved his first race at Saratoga on the turf, so there’s no doubt he [runs on turf] very well....But going from a maiden race as a two-year-old to running against older horses right now, I think we have a good chance to beat him and it’s $500,000, so let’s go try it.” [Thoroughbred Times]Meanwhile, amidst all the fun, Jess Jackson continues to be a curmudgeon.
"As I have always said, I would love to have Curlin race against Big Brown. It would be great for the industry and the fans.....But as much as I would like to see them race, it would not be a match race ... [blah blah blah blah blah]" [Newsday]Look Mr. Jackson, if you'd love to have Curlin race against Big Brown (though not in a match race), do the right thing and send him to the Classic, period. Big Brown's connections have made their intentions clear for many a month now. I mean, no matter which way Jackson puts it, he's the one doing the ducking. You know that saying, something like - you can put lipstick on a liar but it's still not qualified to be vice-president. Or something like that.
- Writing on ESPN.com, Paul Moran, who can usually find the dark side of nearly anything, seems to think that it would actually be a regular riot deciding on who gets Horse of the Year if, as seems likely, the two of them never meet.
The ensuing debate would be almost as much fun as the process.Big Brown's better. No, Curlin's better. No, Big Brown. No, Curlin. Hardy har har. Can we stop having fun yet?