Originally Posted by butzie
Gosh, who doesn't want Big Brown to win the Belmont Stakes. Especially knowing about the jockey's son who has Usher's Syndrome and will probably be blind by midlife.
Odds are now 1 - 4.
Ooh, a lot of people don't want him to win. I don't think there are many who don't like Big Brown or his jock, but the problem lies with the owners and the trainer. Owners are your typical big business people who have a racing stable as an afterthought, they don't really care. The trainer has had issues with drugs and most of us can't stand the idea of him using steroids on Big Brown. As one thread on another forum stated: The Racing Gods Don't Let Cheats Win the Triple Crown. Big Brown is a good horse, sweet and loveable, which makes it a shame to be handled by the connections he has. Any other group and we'd all be cheering for a TC sweep.
As it is, Big Brown lost. No ideas yet on why, but the most likely theory is from the heat (93 degrees). He probably just tired. The hoof was not the problem, as they checked him over and he looks perfectly healthy.
Da'Tara won, with a 22 year old jockey (I think they said this was only his 3rd graded stakes race). He took the lead from the start and kept it to the wire. At 38-1, he basically stole the race, and gave Tiznow his first classic winner (Tiznow is the sire, fyi)