Goal in Sight for Big Brown

BALTIMORE — For the seventh time in 12 years, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred will take unwavering aim at one of the most difficult feats in sports when undefeated Big Brown advances to the Belmont Stakes on June 7 at New York's Belmont Park.

There is one reason to believe that this colt, unscathed through five races in which he demolished the opposition by a combined 39 lengths, can succeed where Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide and Smarty Jones all fell short.

They are not Big Brown.

Trainer Kenneth McPeek thought of the recent failures and why some of them occurred — Real Quiet was nosed at the wire, War Emblem stumbled at the start, Charismatic broke down at the end — and then pondered Big Brown's oh-so-easy 4 3/4-length rout in the 133rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

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