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Big Brown Bites The Big One

By Wyatt Earp | June 7, 2008

What can Brown do for you? Apparently, he can choke on the final leg of the Triple Crown . . .

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Brown failed in his bid to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner when he finished dead last to Da’ Tara in the Belmont Stakes.

Da’ Tara went wire to wire to beat eight other thoroughbreds over 11/2 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 over the last three decades. The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978.

Thirty years and counting . . .

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17 Responses to “Big Brown Bites The Big One”

  1. Paradise Driver Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    At least we didn’t end up with more dead dog food/glue on the track.

  2. RT Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    It cracks me how people behave as if these horses are human and are capable of “knowing” that they are supposed to win the Triple Crown and make history.

    It’s like expecting Jeff Gordon to win a race, lately. (HA!)

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    P.D. – Yeah, I was half expecting Big Brown to go down with the hoof issue.

    RT – Shut yer hole!!!

  4. Snigs Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Someone was telling me there was in excess of $5 million bucks riding on that one horse. o.O

    And um, do I detect a Jeff Gordon fan? (I’m really hoping so, because I’m tired of thinking I’m the only one)

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Snigs – Guilty as charged. My hierarchy is as such:

    1. Gordon
    2. Dale, Jr.
    3. Jimmie Johnson

  6. Kim Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Wyatt- You sure you’re not from Indiana?

  7. Snigs Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I no longer feel so alone in the world. :D

    I like Gordon, then the Labonte brothers. I met one of them once many moons ago, but don’t know which one it was (Is that sad or what?) and became a forever fan.

  8. Momster Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    We waited with my son in line for hours so he could get Gordon’s autograph . We were within about 15 people when they announce he’s done, too bad and he was gone. My son was so disappointed . He still likes Gordon but not as much as before. The Gordon stuff has come off his walls and the camo has gone up.

  9. B.C. Says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Jeff Gordon is still racing? I must keep missing him, even though I watch each and every race more religiously than a Shi’ite imam goes to Splodeyschool™ mosque.


  10. Dee Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I like the new site. I got it changed in my blogroll.

  11. Old NFO Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 8:00 am

    I ‘love’ the fact that the trainer is now blaming everyone BUT the horse… “It couldn’t have been a problem with Big Brown, there was something else going on.”

    At least the rider didn’t kill the horse trying to get something from nothing…

    Although he DID set a new record- First ever last place finish for a Derby winner :-)

  12. TrekMedic251 Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Rumor has it a representative from Pat’s was snopping around his paddock after the race! ;)

  13. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Kim – Never been there (or Pittsboro). I’d like to see the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 before I die, though.

    Snigs – There’s Terry (older) and Bobby (younger). Terry always had the cheesy mustache.

    Momster – That’s good for when he’s hiding from you. :)

    B.C. – Yeah, he’s had a run of bad luck of late. Dang.

    Dee – Thanks!

    Old NFO – We were watching it in the division, mouths agape. One detective was saying, “This is a joke, right?”

    Trek – “You can still see the marks where the jockey hit it!”

  14. CaptainAmerica Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Who thought a midget riding Sarah Jessica Parker could win anything?

  15. CaptainAmerica Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    That was funny!

  16. Ky Person Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Well, this KY Person has a very jaundiced view of horse racing and I refuse to watch it. The horses are just too young and too spindly legged to run that that. Let them get some age and muscle and then let them run. It’s not as though they are going to go much faster than they do already.

    And let the jockeys get a bit bigger. Most of them are anorectic druggies trying to keep their weight down. I hate horse racing.

  17. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Captain America – Grudgingly, yes, it was funny!

    Ky person – Watch NASCAR instead. That’s what I do. :)