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PostSubject: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:32 pm

Go Big Brown! pray and pray none of them get hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:32 pm

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Go Big Brown! pray and pray none of them get hurt.

What you said. I'm ready for a triple crown winner!


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:42 pm

I'm so excited I can barely sit still LMAO
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:56 pm

Big Brown won't win. His hoof is all screwed up I guess. Plus he's got the 1 post which sucks I guess. These horses never do it. I've watched a bunch of tries at the thing but they always fail. I'd say Big Brown has a better shot at...well, nevermind than winning.


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:08 pm

oh shush. His hoof is better and his biggest competition scratched due to hoof issues. He might now shhhhhh.
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:22 pm

Why the hell do they have to sing "New York, New York"? And if we must sing that stupid song why must a 9-year-old do it? Do they have to do the national anthem, too?


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:34 pm

Stupid horse rant grouch

Might as well shoot it.

LAST PLACE?!!?!? That's pathetic. I mean I could ride on my dog and get last place.


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:59 pm

Well that sucked No

That jockey is my new hero though. Started pulling him up at the top of the stretch cause he knew there was something wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:02 pm

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Stupid horse rant grouch

Might as well shoot it.

LAST PLACE?!!?!? That's pathetic. I mean I could ride on my dog and get last place.

LMAO You are so mean No The jockey pulled him out of it.

I'm betting on you and your dog next time Nod
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:14 pm

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Stupid horse rant grouch

Might as well shoot it.

LAST PLACE?!!?!? That's pathetic. I mean I could ride on my dog and get last place.

LMAO You are so mean No The jockey pulled him out of it.

I'm betting on you and your dog next time Nod

My poor dog can't run a mile and a half with me riding it. He's a rat terrier - he'd probably die Frown

We have 2 boxers and they're both girls but I don't think that's a good idea either.


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:40 pm

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My poor dog can't run a mile and a half with me riding it. He's a rat terrier - he'd probably die Frown


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:48 pm

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My poor dog can't run a mile and a half with me riding it. He's a rat terrier - he'd probably die Frown


LMAO

It's not funny. He would die Frown It's nearing the one year anniversary of when our other rat terrier (aged 2) died Sad


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:14 pm

That part wasn't funny... the visual of you riding him was Rolling Eyes I'm sorry Frown
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:24 pm

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That part wasn't funny... the visual of you riding him was Rolling Eyes I'm sorry Frown

LMAO It is funny. How can you visualize it though? The only pictures of me on here are as a baby - I probably could've ridden my dogs as a baby (so long as I was attached to them somehow). I just wanted to bring up my dead dog while I was at it.


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:34 pm

I visualized you as one of those little monkeys with a red suit and hat LMAO
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:38 pm

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I visualized you as one of those little monkeys with a red suit and hat LMAO

LMAO No, I don't look quite like a monkey No Just age the pictures I posted on here and that's what I look like. I don't wear red suits and hats either LMAO

Speaking dog racing, our dead dog could've outrun those horses - he was fast!


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:46 pm

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LMAO No, I don't look quite like a monkey No

How would I know? :shrug:

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I don't wear red suits and hats either LMAO

You should, if you look like a little monkey :haha:


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:54 am

No Horse will ever win a Triple Crown!



EVER!


That horse had no business racing in the first place


Cruelty to animals making it run on a bad hoof
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:02 am

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Horse racing: Belmont Stakes
Triple Frown: Big Brown denied at Belmont
In a stunning upset, Da' Tara cruises to victory; heavy favorite Big Brown denied horse racing's first majors sweep since Affirmed in 1978.
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NEW YORK -- When Big Brown turned for home, something wasn't right.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux knew the big bay colt was finished. Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., who guaranteed racing's first Triple Crown in 30 years, knew it, too.

Big Brown straggled home last Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to 38-1 long shot Da' Tara, who led wire-to-wire. Eased up in the homestretch, the 1-4 favorite was so far behind at the end that his margin of defeat wasn't even charted.

"He was empty. He didn't have anything left," Desormeaux said. "There's no popped tires. He's just out of gas."

Big Brown arrived at Belmont Park undefeated in five starts, winning all of them by a combined 39 lengths. His path to history seemed even more certain when unbeaten Casino Drive was scratched in the morning because of a bruised left hind hoof.

But he ran third most of the way until Desormeaux asked him for one of his explosive runs on the far turn of Belmont's 1 1/2 miles, the longest and toughest of the three classics.

"I had no horse," Desormeaux said, in stark contrast to Dutrow's unabashed pronouncements that a Triple Crown was "a foregone conclusion."

Instead of becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 30 years, Big Brown was the first horse going for a Triple to finish dead last, stunning 94,476 fans who braved the unseasonable 88-degree heat and oppressive humidity.

"He wasn't himself," winning trainer Nick Zito said. "Things happen for a reason."

Big Brown was running on a quarter crack in his left front hoof that wasn't patched until Friday, but Dutrow insisted even on the way to the starting gate that it was a "non-issue."

Nevertheless, it cost the colt three days of training between the Preakness and the Belmont. Desormeaux said Big Brown "was in no way, shape or form lame or sore. But there's something amiss, probably just tired."

Dutrow had been criticized for admitting he used a legal steroid on Big Brown, although the horse hadn't had a dose since April. Dutrow spoke only briefly after the race, and he wasn't asked whether discontinuing the drug had an affect on Big Brown's performance.

Big Brown's defeat extended the Triple Crown drought that began after Affirmed completed the elusive sweep in 1978.

"I feel for them. It doesn't always go the way you want," Steve Cauthen, who rode Affirmed, said by telephone from his Kentucky home. "I think someday a horse will come along and do it. One day it will happen. I really thought this was the horse."

Clearly, so did Dutrow.

The veteran trainer didn't speak when the race ended, walking quickly through the crowd with his eyes focused straight ahead as he tried to reach the track. Later, as Big Brown walked around the barn, Dutrow leaned on a wood railing, his head down, his blue dress shirt soaked with sweat, a look of disbelief on his face. Exercise rider Michelle Nevin stood silently next to him.

"Something has to not be right for him to be pulled up in a race, so I have to try to find out what it was," he said. "I'm sure it's not the horse's fault, so there's nothing to be down on him."

Big Brown, eager in the early going, ran up on Da' Tara's heels heading into the first turn -- the first indication it wasn't going to be his coronation day.

Then Desormeaux tried to swing Big Brown wide to the outside and bumped Tale of Ekati in the turn.

Ridden by Alan Garcia, Da' Tara had the lead down the backstretch, with Tale of Ekati second and Big Brown third on the outside with a clear path. This was Big Brown's moment, and Desormeaux asked him to go.

"When I got outside going into the first turn, I said, 'This is it. The race is over. I got it,'" Desormeaux said.

Except Big Brown didn't respond.

Da' Tara opened up a clear lead turning for home, while Big Brown angled to the far outside under restraint. Big Brown still wanted to run, but Desormeaux knew it was over and focused on getting the colt home safely.

Big Brown was taken to a detention barn after the race for observation and will undergo various tests.

Dutrow said he didn't see a problem "and I'm looking for one."

"He looked fine," said Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian. "All I saw was when Desormeaux started to slow him down. The first thing you expected is something is wrong. He was not lame when he stopped here in front of the stands."

Dutrow reflected on the Triple Crown that eluded yet another horse.

"We did really good with him winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness," he said. "This is a very disappointing race. Now, it looks like he's fine. It looks like he'll live a good life even if he never runs again."

Da' Tara, the longest shot on the board, won by 5 1/4 lengths over Denis of Cork and covered the distance in 2:29.65. There was a dead heat for third between Anak Nakal and Ready's Echo. Macho Again was fifth, followed by Tale of Ekati, Guadalcanal, Icabad Crane and Big Brown.

Da' Tara paid $79, $28 and $14.80. Denis of Cork returned $5.80 and $4.10. Anak Nakal paid $7.60 and Ready's Echo returned $6.20.

Zito spoiled a Triple Crown bid four years ago when he saddled Birdstone to an upset of Smarty Jones. He also trained Anak Nakal.

"If Big Brown was himself, he would've been tough to beat," Zito said, "but he wasn't himself. That's why they play the game."


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:04 am

Still think they were asking too much of ALL the horses to race in that heat and humidity!


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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:23 am

I agree GoGetEm. It was horrible hot and humid for those horses. In the races leading up to the main event, they were spraying them down after the races. I'm just glad we didn't see any of them collapse like they often do afterwards when it's so hot and humid.

Huge kudos to Desormeaux for knowing there was no sense in running him to death and pulling him up when he did. He obviously loves and cares for that horse very much. My heart nearly stopped when they were in the stretch as I thought for sure he was going to go down.

And wow Da' Tara! It was disappointing to not see a triple crown winner yet again, but it's always great when the huge long shot kicks everyone's butt. thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:46 pm

I should have bet on Da' Tara grouch
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PostSubject: Re: Belmont Stakes   Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:08 pm

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I should have bet on Da' Tara grouch

Me too! rant
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