Sunday, June 8, 2008
Silent Sunday on Frequently Feline: Elusive Triple Crown Continues.
Photo by Richard Drew/AP
There is little for me to add about yesterday's disappointing 134th Belmont Stakes finish, as so many articles have already been written.
Once again with the final win of the triple crown denied, the challenging and elusive triple crown victory will have to be captured, hopefully by the next horse who wins both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Like millions of other horse lovers, I too was shocked and disappointed. My heart goes out to Big Brown's jockey, Kent Desormeaux and to all of Big Brown's connections. I thought that Mr. Desormeaux showed excellent sportsmanship and love for the horse in the way he handled the situation once he realized that that Big Brown was "out of gas", choosing the safety of the horse over his huge desire to win, he allowed the colt gallop at his own pace, finishing last in a field of 9 horses.
A great deal of speculation exists about the reasons for the upset, but I do hope that the facts will be revealed in the near future. Of course Horse racing is a risky business, but learning how to keep the horses safer is a top priority over a win if the sport of kings is to get a new breath of life.
What were your reactions at the end of the race? Leave a comment and share.