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Big Brown and Curlin flex muscles

THE two superstars of American racing have both completed workouts in preparation for targets this month.

Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown completed his preparations for a run on the turf at Monmouth Park on Saturday with a tune-up at Aqueduct, while Curlin had a spin at Saratoga.

According to the Daily Racing Form, Big Brown worked 5fon the grass at Aqueduct in 1m05.35m on Tuesday morning.

Trainer Rick Dutrow is aiming the colt at the Monmouth Stakes, a 1m1f event created specifically for Big Brown as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, his connections reckoning that turf offers a better guide to racing on synthetic surfaces than traditional dirt.

Dutrow, as usual, is brimming with confidence. "He's better on the grass, he always has been," said the trainer. "He's always breezed better, we've said that all along. When he breezes on the dirt he runs down on all four . You've seen him this morning - he had no bandages on. That's a telling tale."

Big Brown won his debut on turf as a two-year-old by more than 11 lengths.

"We're hopeful he's going to be doing what he enjoys, racing on the grass, which is very exciting heading into the Breeders' Cup," jockey Kent Desormeaux told the Form. "The whole world knows that turf horses prosper on Poly."

Curlin worked an easy half-mile under exercise rider Carlos Rosas in 51.34 sec over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga on Monday in preparation for the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on September 27.

"He's in great physical shape," said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Assmussen.

"He came out of the Woodward in good order and he worked very well. He went real smooth but we weren't looking for much. He will do more next Monday."


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