Big Brown Fails…Miserably.

As I said before, I am certainly no expert on horse racing. In fact, I don’t know much about it at all. What I do know is that the much hyped Belmont Stakes ended with Triple Crown contender Big Brown finishing dead last.

I watched a few of the human interest pieces about Rick Dutrow, trainer for Big Brown and his daughter, but that didn’t make me like him any more. Anyone who trash talks about a race horse just doesn’t impress me. Having said that, I would’ve liked to see Big Brown win the Triple Crown, since there hasn’t been one since 7 years before I was born. The story about jockey Kent Desormeaux and his son did impress me and gave me another reason to cheer on the horse.

I told my roommates before the race that I didn’t think it would be close and that Big Brown would win a yawner, which would take away from the excitement of a Triple Crown. I wanted to see something like Smarty Jones and Birdstone down the stretch with Big Brown barely pulling it out in the end. I thought I might get to see it about halfway through the race, but then Big Brown decided he wanted to jog the final stretch and retire to a life of oat bags and mares.

My initial thought was that the crack on his hoof had gotten worse and that we’d have to hear from PETA for the next 6 months when they had to put the horse down. No one wanted that, just for the sheer annoyance that they cause.

Anyway, Big Brown finished last after coming into the race undefeated. This will put an end to the horse racing articles until next year’s Kentucky Derby unless, of course, they can bring Barbaro back from the dead.


3 Responses

  1. I agree, I expected Big Brown to go all out and swipe the race just like that…I guess he had something different in mind. I don’t know too much about horse ‘racing’ (i know a lot about horses and regular riding, but I never did get into the actual racing), but I also hope they find out what was wrong. If it wasn’t the crack in his hoof that got worse, who knows what it might have been… :\
    There were certainly some disappointed people!

  2. Well, I certainly am glad that he is so far all right, I too don’t want to hear screaming from the PETA wackos about how horse racing is the root of all evils in the world. Their goal is to ban all personal pets, animal sports and food animals, so having horses break down on the track and have to be euthanized in front of the world kinda makes them happy.

    I guess I don’t like the tone of most stories like the horse had anything to do with it, he for some reason, was not up to it that day, so, it happens. He is still a great horse and a great racer. Just had a bad day…

  3. Heather-
    I haven’t found anything saying that something was wrong, which is definitely a good thing. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing how crazy his stud fees become. I read that they were going to sell his rights for around $50 million, and stud fees would start around $100,000 in the first year. I also read somewhere that they weren’t planning on retiring him just yet, so I don’t know what’s right.

    I completely agree with you; like the horse cares if he finishes first or last. If you want a humorous side of this view, go to and click on horses, third from the bottom. It’s pretty good.

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