No crown for Big Brown
Big Brown fails to capture Triple Crown as long shot Da' Tara goes on to win the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes
Big Brown's trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and jockey Kent Desormeaux reportedly are back on the same page after meeting Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, Dutrow publicly questioned Desormeaux's handling of the horse in the Belmont Stakes.
According to ESPN, however, Dutrow told Edwards that he and Desormeaux are “back on target,” adding “I just feel better because he came by to talk about [the Belmont ride].”
Big Brown, an huge favorite to win the Belmont and become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 30 years, was pulled up by Desormeaux with a quarter mile to go and horse far behind the pack. Da' Tara, a 38-1 long shot, was the surprise wire-to-wire winner.
"I'm sure he didn't have any idea what the hell was going on going into the first turn the way [Desormeaux] was switching him all over the damn track," Dutrow told reporters Monday. "I don't know what he was doing."
Desormeaux said Monday that his plan was to go to the lead, but that Big Brown slipped coming out of the gate and that he was pinched back a length. He said that he pulled Big Brown up because he wasn't going to finish anywhere but last.
Dutrow said that unless Big Brown shows signs of a physical problem, the colt will enter the Travers Stakes on Aug. 23 at Saratoga and then the Breeders' Cup Classic in October.
An aging trainer, an unretired jockey and a 15-1 underdog teamed Saturday to shatter Orb's bid for the first Triple Crown since Affirmed won it in 1978.
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140th Belmont Stakes
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'I was done. I had no horse'
Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux talks about the last-place finish, and Da' Tara's jockey Alan Garcia and trainer Nick Zito talk about their upset win.