Big Brown vs. Curlin : The 2 Current Titans in American Racing
It was obvious that Big Brown needed the race (The Haskell), but he definitely didn't prove much in the process. I concede that Coal Play (2nd) is highly underrated and was on the path to run a big race, but he is not Harlem Rocker (Prince of Whales winner) or You and I Forever (whom I believe are the two brightest up and coming stars in the sophomore crop) by any means. Thoughts of comparing Curlin to Big Brown are ludicrous until the latter gets a gut check that is not a comeback race. He's about three lengths behind the champion in speed, and that is at merely nine furlongs.
Curlin should stay off the turf: definitely a good call. He's simply useful and was quite lucky Red Rocks was there to put him in this place (in last month's Man o' War Stakes). Otherwise, Curlin's connections would be riding high off a 'better than it looked' 104-Beyer winning race over Better Talk Now, heading to have his hind quarters handed to him by Soldier of Fortune and Duke of Marmalade in the Arc.