Sunday, May 18, 2008
Head Dude's New Hero?
We all know how much Head Dude loved Barbaro, the fallen champion from a few years ago. So it's somewhat surprising he hasn't checked in with any thoughts on America's new sweetheart, Big Brown.
The colt named after everyone's favorite shipping company turned in another dominating performance yesterday at the Preakness and has tons of people throwing out semi-ridiculous comparisons to Secretariat. In case you missed it, jockey Kent Desormeaux simply held down Big Brown's turbo button (the triangle button on your PS3 controller, I think) down the far stretch and he easily outdistanced Macho Again and Icabad Crane.
Sadly, Big Brown didn't make the horseplayers of the world too much money, as he went off at 1-5 odds and returned just $2.40 for a $2 win bet. DudeSpin correspondent The Franchise fared no better using him up top on exacta and trifecta bets (just like 99.9 percent of the public) thanks to crappy performances by Kentucky Bear and early pacesetter Gayego.
To hear thoroughly unlikeable trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. tell it, the Triple Crown is all but wrapped up. Ah, but not so fast: a potential spoiler lurks in the form of sure to be DudeSpin favorite, Casino Drive. Aside from the obvious gambling name, he's an import from the Far East, just like 37.5 percent of the Committee.