So Big Brown did not bring his A game to the Belmont. He looked restless and confused out on the track today. Not the same Big Brown I had watched in previous races. I’m not sure if it was the record setting heat, or the jockey pulling back a little at the start after a slight stumble, or the simple fact that he had a some dirt in his face going around the first turn. But whatever the case, today was not meant for the history books.
In my previous post I mentioned my mixed feelings and discussed some of the sordid past of the trainer. On the one hand I am tremendously disappointed that yet again we come up short of a Triple Crown victory. But on the other, I feel like maybe it just wasn’t right. Maybe the cocky trainer, the greedy owners, and the jockey that seems just a bit too cool for his britches just wasn’t the story of champions. It wasn’t the time for a winner.
Maybe when the day comes and we do have a winner, it will be a team that fully deserves it and is humbled and honored by it. A group that appreciates the heart and soul of a truly great sport. And realizes that it all centers around a horse, a most magnificent creature.
As for Big Brown – the horse is indeed a champion and should be respected for the record he’s maintained. But as for the Triple Crown, all I can say is there’s always next year.