ED BARKOWITZ

5 - Casino Drive

4 - Denis of Cork

1 - Big Brown

10 - Icabad Crane

The early favorite for sports quote of the year came from Hidetoshi Yamamoto, the irked owner of Casino Drive, in response to Rick Dutrow's boast that Dutrow's Big Brown is practically unbeatable. "No one wins with chatter," Yamamoto said. "No one wins with a big mouth." Gotta love stuff like that.

STAN HOCHMAN

5 - Casino Drive

1 - Big Brown

3 - Macho Again

4 - Denis of Cork

Unorthodox training methods lead to unexpected result. Breeding triumphs over the mile-and-a-half distance, the test of champions.