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06-08-2012, 08:28 AM
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Here's the NY Post's color chart for the race with staff picks, too:

Fountaine has reviewed past Belmont losers who won the first two legs; today the focus is on Big Brown:

Why he lost the Belmont: Seemingly unsinkable at 1-5, Big Brown was engulfed by a “Perfect Storm” of trouble. Was it the quarter-crack he suffered after the Preakness? Being taken off steroids? Acting up in the detention barn? The heat and humidity? His bad break from the gate? The rear shoe that came loose in the race? A poor ride by Desormeaux? We’ll never know the real reason why Big Brown was eased on the far turn in the worst performance ever by a horse going for the Triple Crown.
From Spectacular Bid to Big Brown, freaky things have happened. Yesterday, he mentioned but rejected the notion that Bailey/Johnny V./Solis conspired against Smarty Jones. The writer limited the blame to Smarty wanting to run and Elliott not being able to rein him at the right time.

The unexpected has become the norm. If I'll Have Another wins, everything will have to go right. Castellano could be a factor in this race.

"I'm going some place further south, where the water's warm, the drinks are cold and I don't know the names of the players," Sonny Crockett.

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