You can be certain no one really expected this out of Belmont today. Big Brown just didn’t seem like he wanted to run today. Stumbled a little bit out of the gates early and never really recovered. The jockey pulled up about half way through the race and just slowly took him around the track to finish up the race.
Just goes to show why winning the Triple Crown hasn’t been done in 30 years now and once again a horse wins the first two legs and fails to deliver in the 3rd.
Trainer Nick Zito who trained the horse that beat Smarty Jones in 2004, trained Da’Tara this year that ended up beating Big Brown.
Was it Big Brown’s jockey who tempted fate by pissing of the horse racing gods or was it just not meant to happen? It’s certainly something that will be discussed for days to come now.
Edit: For those that missed it, here is the Belmont Stakes from earlier today.