NEW YORK (Ucs News) – Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux said he “had no horse” and decided not to press the colt unduly as he failed to become the 12th horse to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Following the Race Big Brown admitted he was “Very hung over from a Triple Crown Pre-party.”
Big Brown is the latest horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fail in the race that is called the “Test of a Champion.” Desormeaux, who also lost a 1998 Triple Crown bid by a nose aboard Real Quiet, said it’s unclear whether Big Brown’s cracked hoof played a role in his last-place finish.
The jockey said he knew Big Brown was doomed five-eighths of a mile from the end of the mile and a-half Belmont “There is something amiss,” Desormeaux said. “He’s probably just tired.” Desormeaux was right, according to Big Brown’s trainer the thoroughbred out “way too late on Friday and smelled like champagne Saturday morning before the race.”
Desormeaux later admitted that thoroughbred horse are known for their bad habits. In the words of his trainer “Big Brown is well known as a party animal.”