Horse racing may be the most "royal" of sports in today's world, but don't tell Rick Dutrow, Jr, trainer of Big Brown.
With Big Brown being one win away from the coveted "Triple Crown," winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes in one season, Dutrow Jr. has guaranteed victory. The added mustard onto the Belmont Stakes provided by Dutrow gives the majority of Americans, non-caring horse racing fans, to be interested in the outcome. Will Big Brown win the Crown?
Dutrow sees it as a "foregone conclusion."
Apparently, a horse in Asia named "Casino Drive," but Dutrow disagrees with horse experts that say he can beat Big Brown.
"I'll be in the winner's circle when they get to the quarter pole. That's how I feel. I don't see that this horse can beat him," Dutrow said of Drive.
Big Brown is named after the United States Parcel Service and is also sponsored by them, adding a twist of irony and a public relations dream for UPS. Fast horse, fast packages. Legendary.
Horse-only enthusiasts probably aren't used to trash talk like the rest of the world, but it's refreshing to see a war of words in the media of equestrian, a war that Dutrow is single-handedly creating.
A Belmont Stakes brawl would be worth any amount of money one has paid to watch UFC fights or Mike Tyson comeback bids on Pay-Per View. I don't like the odds.
Imagine for a second the mayhem that would ensue with fighting jockeys and horses that weigh 1,000 pounds.
Kudos, Dutrow. Kudos. Best of luck in the future. I'm sure we'll be hearing from you.