Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown arrived at Belmont Park in New York on Monday and was quickly installed at Sportsbook.com as a 1-3 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on June 7 and take the Triple-Crown. If Big Brown can pull off a win in the $1 million Belmont Stakes he would become Thoroughbred racing’s 12 th Triple Crown winner.
The 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes, which is the oldest and longest leg of the Triple Crown, has stopped 18 other horses in history from winning the Triple Crown, the most recent being Smarty Jones in 2004.
Big Brown, a son of Boundary, is now 5-0 and will seek to join Seattle Slew (1977) as the only undefeated Triple Crown winner. Seattle Slew was 9-0 after he won the Belmont Stakes. Big Brown won is first race on the turf at Saratoga last September 3 for trainer Patrick Reynolds. He then moved to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s barn and won an allowance and the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park before winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
A possible challenger, Peter Pan winner Casino Drive , is expected to enter Belmont and has been installed at 5-2 odds by Sportsbook.com. Other challengers looking to upset Big Brown are Denis of Cork and Tale of Ekati (3rd and 4th place respectively in Kentucky Derby) as well as Nakal and Tomcito.
Odds to win the Belmont Stakes. Odds provided by Sportsbook.com.
Big Brown 1-3
Casino Drive 5-2
Denis of Cork 15/2
Tales of Ekati 10-1
Macho Again 20/1
Mint Lane 30/1