Saturday, June 07, 2008
Big Brown and The Belmont Stakes ...
Big Brown ... didn't win the triple crown ...
In fact, the colt came in last, pulled up by his jockey. Thank God that Big Brown's jockey Kent Desormeaux had the common sense to pull up Big Brown when he didn't respond to his commands. I have seen other jockeys continue to whip a horse in an effort to get them to run again. Kent should be applauded for saving a fine equine such as Big Brown, giving him a chance to run again another day. More on this story can be found HERE.
As most of you might know, I have an affinity for horses in general. I have never been a big fan of horse racing because it never bodes well for the horses when their days of racing are over. To see this fine animal raced with a substantial hoof crack repair applied to his left front hoof is a shame in my eyes. What really bothered me was the fact that they waited until Friday (the day before the race) to do something about it. The trainer had been aware of the hoof crack since right after the Preakness race in May.
The hoof specialist that applied the patch to Big Brown's hoof was very pleased with it but I guess you had to see this crack repair to understand that the weight of the hardware they used on Big Brown may have thrown the colt off. I still have to question how long they waited before doing something about the crack.
Anyway, so much for my trip up onto the soapbox. I'm still trying to recover from a strained back, the doctor telling me to stay out another two weeks on light duty. If the pain would just go away ...
Chapter 4 of "The Price Of Worship" is up on the The Raccoon's Bookshelf and I'm going to post Chapter 4 of "A Loss Of Rights" on June 14th.
A quick note to a friend: Aslaug, look for a care package in the mail soon.
Until next time,
Take care and be safe!