Big Brown is one Belmont Stakes win away from capturing horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown. And trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. sounds very confident in his steed. In fact, he’s down right arrogant.
ESPN looks a gift horse trainer in the mouth, as Dutrow took a swipe at the competition Wednesday. Casino Drive is being talked about as the best bet to beat Big Brown at the Belmont. But Dutrow isn’t buying it:
“He’s got no chance of beating our horse. I’ll be in the winner’s circle when they get to the quarter pole. That’s how I feel. I don’t see that this horse can beat him.”
Strong words from someone who deals in a lot of horsh*t. And it’s not the only questionable comments Rick was rolling out - he also accused jockey Edgar Prado of trying to box in Big Brown during the Preakness.
But Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux tries to appease the horse racing gods angered by Dutrow’s arrogance, offering up kudos to Casino:
“He’s a phenomenal talent,” Desormeaux said. “We’ve got our hands full with this one. It’s going to be ultimately exciting for all the fans. He’s got that stride.”
Kent knows what he’s talking about. He had just ridden the horse to recent victory at Belmont park, winning the Peter Pan Stakes on May 9. (Is that race named after the story or the peanut butter?)
In the meantime, the rest of the field has a week to think about Dutrow’s comments before the Belmont begins on June 7. We imagine his words are already up as stable board material.