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If not for some luck, Big Brown might still be on turf

Updated: March 8, 2008, 8:00 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

The smartest thing to do, Richard Dutrow Jr. figured, was to find a grass allowance race for his horse named Big Brown. After all, the colt had raced only on the turf and had a grass pedigree.

So Dutrow found a March 5 turf allowance at Gulfstream Park, which might just have been a springboard to stakes races you've probably never heard of, like the Palm Beach Stakes or the Hill Prince. And then it rained.

The March 5 race was taken off the grass, which might turn out to be the luckiest ...

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