History For Big Brown?

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, or the Triple Crown as it’s known for short, is considered the greatest accomplishment for any thoroughbred racing horse.

At the 2008 Belmont Stakes held June 7 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, Big Brown will go for horse racings’ Triple Crown and try to secure his place in history.

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To put how special this would be in perspective consider that since 1919 there have only been 11 Triple Crown Winners. This Saturday Big Brown will look to join this exclusive club as the 12th member.

Oddsmakers from Online Sports Book Bodog certainly like Big Brown’s chances of achieving the 2008 Triple Crown after tabbing him a 2/7 favorite to win at the Belmont Stakes. Big Brown has already dominated all challengers thus far by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Big Brown’s odds of winning the Triple Crown are currently listed at –350 however those could certainly go higher before post time. “That is a pretty solid endorsement of his chances.” said Mike Seaton of sports information site TheSpread.com. “The stats show how hard it is to win the Triple Crown, for the odds to be that high this horse really has people thinking he is something special.” Said Seaton.

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Big Brown is considered almost a shoe-in to achieve the Triple Crown, but after looking at past Triple Crown winners, it’s apparent Big Brown has a daunting task in front of him. The last horse to achieve the Triple Crown was 30 years ago when Affirmed took home the honors in 1978.

History of U.S. Triple Crown Winners

1919 Sir Barton

1930 Gallant Fox

1935 Omaha

1947 War Admiral

1941 Whirlaway

1943 Count Fleet

1946 Assault

1948 Citation

1973 Secretariat

1977 Seattle Slew

1978 Affirmed

Big Brown’s best competition to ruin his Triple Crown run is Casino Drive, who has 9/2 odds to win at the Belmont, and Denis Of Cork at 10/1. Some even believe that Behindatthebar at 25/1 odds has a decent shot to pull off the upset after being scratched from the Preakness with a bruised left foot.

140th Belmont Stakes Odds to win – Saturday June 7, 2008 – Belmont Park – Elmont, New York

Big Brown 2/7 – Big Brown Belmont Pre-Race Report

Casino Drive 9/2 – Casino Drive Belmont Pre-Race Report

Denis of Cork 10/1 – Denis of Cork Belmont Pre-Race Report

Tale of Ekati 16/1 – Tale of Ekati Belmont Pre-Race Report

Behindatthebar 25/1 – Behindatthebar Belmont Pre-Race Report

Macho Again 40/1 – Macho Again Belmont Pre-Race Report

Mint Lane 50/1 – Mint Lane Belmont Pre-Race Report

Odds on - Will there be a Triple Crown Winner in US Thoroughbred Racing in 2008 

Yes - Triple Crown Winner in 2008 –350

No - Triple Crown winner in 2008 +250

Odds provided by SPORTSBETTING.COM

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