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Brown Almighty Worth Another Look

Last month, G3 Bourbon Stakes runner up Brown Almighty went to post as the second choice in the Smarty Jones Stakes, his first start on dirt. After being caught wide in the early stages of the race, jockey Corey Nakatani moved Brown Almighty closer to the inside but the colt was never a factor after failing to engage in the race. After that uncharacteristically dull effort, trainer Tim Ice had his charge scoped, and vets discovered that Brown Almighty had had an undetected lung infection.
 
 
Bearing that in mind, I believe Brown Almighty is worth another look in today’s G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He will again face the top three finishers from the Smarty Jones, Will Take Charge, Texas Bling, and Always in a Tiz, as well as sixth place finisher Officer Alex. Joining the fray is the highly regarded Super Ninety Nine, who has been made the morning line favorite. Now while this field is full of nice colts, it is Brown Almighty that I keep going back to.
 
 
There’s a lot of upside to this three-year old son of Big Brown. First of all, the Southwest distance should not be an issue for him. In his only other try at 8.5 furlongs, Brown Almighty finished second through the disqualification of Really Sharp who swerved out with a furlong left in the G3 Bourbon Stakes. (You can see a replay of the race through a link near the bottom of Brown Almighty's page.) Along with being steadied behind the bumping and jostling in the stretch, Brown Almighty was also trapped along the rail. When he finally found running room and regained momentum after being steadied, it was too late.
 
 
Secondly, if you throw out the Smarty Jones, Brown Almighty really does have a good chance at running well on the dirt. People forget that his sire Big Brown began and ended his career with wins on the turf, making him a winner on both surfaces. Additionally, Brown Almighty’s dam Gone Goodbye’s four career wins all came on the dirt even though her sire Gone for Real was a graded stakes winner on the grass. With such a good mix of turf and dirt in his immediate pedigree, every indication that he can win on either surface is right there. And with morning line odds of 10-1, why not take a shot? 

 

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i do like him, he ran a good third to balance the books.
one race back after an infection??? risky times two
He certainly has shown a liking for the OP dirt in the A.M., so this time he should have no excuses. He might get caught up in a fast early pace as there are like him who want to be on or near the lead. I'll pass only because I'm not a fan of Big Brown offspring. GL 2 U though.

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

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