Big Brown's Triple Crown Bid Spoiled By Da' Tara

Big Brown failed in his bid to become horse
racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he finished dead last to Da'
Tara, the longest shot on the board, in the Belmont Stakes on
Saturday.
Da' Tara went wire to wire to beat eight other thoroughbreds
over 1½ miles, the longest and toughest of the three classics.
"I had no horse," said Big Brown's jockey, Kent Desormeaux.
All week long, Big Brown's trainer, Rick Dutrow Jr., said the
horse's victory was "a foregone conclusion." He turned out be
wrong.
The bay colt's disappointing performance followed convincing
victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He failed on the
same track where 10 horses had been beaten since Affirmed won the
Triple Crown in 1978.
Dutrow was second-guessed all week about his handling of a
quarter crack in Big Brown's left front hoof, which surfaced after
the Preakness and wasn't patched until Friday. He also came under
scrutiny after admitting using legal steroids on Big Brown, even
though the colt's last dose was in April.
Big Brown was rank at the start and failed to respond when
Desormeaux asked him to run in the last turn. At that point,
Desormeaux eased him up.
The loss hit Desormeaux especially hard.
"This horse is the best I've ever ridden," he said.
"Something's wrong, and I took care of him."
Desormeaux lost a 1998 Triple Crown bid by a nose on Real Quiet,
and that ride was questioned throughout the business. Desormeaux
struggled to get good horses and reach the same heights again.
Big Brown's path seemingly became easier when Casino Drive,
considered to be his main rival, was scratched in the morning
because of a bruised left hind hoof.


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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Jun 9, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    @ Anonymous Location: Winchester "Dutrow wanted Big Brown to have a natural win, not one aided by drugs. Also, it is stated that Big Brown hadn't had steriods since April, so doesn't that mean he won at least the Preakness drug free??" LOOL, I really wish you werent being serious on that point. Look at atheletes that admit to using steroids. Do you really think that not using them for 2 whole months changed anything but the chances of testing positive for higher levels? Think about it after taking steroids for years to get huge and pumped do you really think muscle just dies in 2 months and its like you never took them? I guess thats what meth heads use to justfy their use as well. "I can kill my body for 5 years and be fine when I quit after all im young." Any thing you do to yourself can have a lasting effect on your body. Including doing nothing at all.
  • by Anonymous Location: Winchester on Jun 9, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    So, Bob, what makes you think the other horses on the track Saturday were not pumped with steriods, including Da Tarea?? Maybe horse racing should be treated like any other professional sport with Zero Tolerance Drug Policies. Bet you if Steriods were banned on the horses, and the horses tested just before each race, then it would be more equal. Dutrow wanted Big Brown to have a natural win, not one aided by drugs. Also, it is stated that Big Brown hadn't had steriods since April, so doesn't that mean he won at least the Preakness drug free??Yes it does. I think steriod use on these fine animals should be banned as it is for human athletes. In the long run, drugs will always cause more harm than good. The proof is in how Big Brown finished in NY on Saturday in the Belmont.
  • by Bob Location: KY on Jun 8, 2008 at 11:16 PM
    It is no secret that both Dutrow and IAEH blatantly pump their horses full of steroids. Everyone in the industry knows this. It is the only way they can keep up with the reputable (and legit) stables in KY, OH, PA and FL. It is why Dutrow and IAEH are loathed by all of the respected stables in the business. I have ZERO respect for Dutrow and IAEH. Dutrow is arrogant, egotistical, a cheat and a liar. The whole lot got what was coming to them yesterday. Karma got the best of them, which went by the name Da'Tara. I am glad Big Brown got beat like a drum the whole race. I want a Triple Crown winner as much as the next guy, but any way you slice it, had Big Brown won, it would have been a tainted win, just like his wins in the Derby and Preakness.
  • by lyn Location: fayette on Jun 8, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    I am soured in general to racing not by this particular race sir.
  • by lyn Location: fayette on Jun 8, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    I afree i am soured on the racing industry being a horse owner and lover.Its a shame the horse is so exploited.
  • by Robert Location: KY on Jun 8, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    Big Brown's Triple Crown bid was NOT spoiled by Da' Tara, he just couldn't cut the mustard, for what ever reason.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jun 7, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    Ok people that think these horses are treated better than people. How many of your employer/ owners shoot you up with steroids and run you on a broken foot? Ever read up on what happens to a horse after it loses so many times? Can you say mexico then europe or asia in the form of steak? Or how about that natural non toxic glue we all love?

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