HALLANDALE BEACH - Big Brown is a breathtaking racehorse, no doubt about it. And after his latest romp, there's no doubt he's a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby.
The blossoming 3-year-old colt muscled his way to the lead from the far outside post and cruised to a 5-length victory against Smooth Air in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
"He's a major talent, possibly the best horse I've ever ridden," winning rider Kent Desormeaux said. "I'd have to say he's my Derby horse."
And Rick Dutrow's, too.
"With a horse like that, you just try to stay out of his way," Dutrow said of what would be his first Derby starter. "With all his talent all I have to do is let him run."
Big Brown won his first two races by a combined 24 lengths, and now has a dominating victory against a bunch of talented 3-year-olds, some of whom could end up in the Derby on May 3 as well.
At this point, the trainer doesn't really care about who shows up at Churchill Downs. He believes he has the best horse. When Big Brown broke quickly and took the lead going into the first turn, Dutrow knew it was all over.
"I loved it," he said. "I knew the horses in this race could not catch him. I am not knocking them in any kind of way except that Big Brown is much better then these horses today."
Curlin Charges To World Cup Triumph
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Horse of the Year Curlin overpowered an international field to win the $6 million Dubai World Cup.
The 4-year-old sensation stormed into the lead in midstretch and cruised to a 7 3/4 -length victory in the world's richest horse race at Nad al Sheba racetrack.
Curlin has won his last four races in convincing fashion to establish himself as the world's top thoroughbred.
Asiatic Boy was second and Well Armed third.