10/30/2010 1:36PM

Monmouth: Big Brown may set up for Southern Ridge

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Southern Ridge is the favorite on the morning line (5/2) for the 9th race, the Big Brown Stakes, but he does look legit. He ran impressively here earlier in the meet and though he lost to Cactus Charlie (#7) last time out he had a much more difficult trip than that rival, dueling for the lead early before tiring. He may be the controlling speed in the Big Brown, and that will give him the edge on the stone closers. He should be every bit of 5/2 and his back figures make him an interesting play.