Big Brown had a date with destiny, but the horse showed up a little bit late.
Big Brown, who had been receiving treatment for a cracked front hoof, ran third for most of the 1.5-mile race before fading away in the last turn as jockey Kent Desormeaux eased his ride through the stretch. Da’Tara, listed at 38-1, won the day and capped an event full of anticipation that was never realized.
Hey, at least nobody was put down!
Da’Tara, who was trained by the famed Nick Zito, upset the Triple Crown bid for Rick Dutrow’s horse. Big Brown, a 2-5 favorite, would have been the first to win the Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont, since Affirmed did it in 1978.
So right now everyone’s flipping out, wondering where Big Brown went wrong. Desormeaux recapped the race for viewers, simply explained the failure to push for the finish by saying, “I had no horse.” Should he have pulled out of the race, as Casino Drive did yesterday?
There was the issue with the hoof, which was reportedly a non-issue before the race. Also worth noting is that Big Brown did not get his shot of Winstrol, an anabolic steroid that Dutrow injects into all of his horses on a monthly basis. In fact, Big Brown had not received any steroid treatments since April 15th.
Dutrow, who’d been talking all kinds of smack before the race, refused interviews as he followed his horse to the stable for medical inspection.