Kent Desormeaux rides Big Brown across the finish line to win the 133rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Baltimore.
Desormeaux had a chance at a Triple Crown once before, aboard Real Quiet, and fell short. The jockey, who has ridden approximately 30,000 horses during his career, said Big Brown stands out even from other elite racehorses like Real Quiet. "I don't think I've ever ridden a Big Brown at the Belmont," he said. (Rob Carr/AP Photo)