Top challenger Casino Drive is out with a bruised hoof. The rest of the Belmont Stakes field is suspect.
So in the spirit of Dewey defeats Truman, we are hereby jumping the gun, four hours early, and declaring Big Brown the winner of the 2008 Triple Crown. It’s the first Triple Crown in 30 years.
Congratulations, Big Brown! Well run, plucky steed.
[Post-race update: Yoops! Truman defeats Dewey once again.]