Sunday, June 8, 2008

No horsing around

So much for guarantees in sports.
If anybody could have predicted the stunning turn of events from Saturday's Belmont, I hope they are rich today.
A bunch of people asked me over the past three weeks whether Big Brown would make history and win the Belmont to become the first horse in 30 years to win the Triple Crown. My response was always a resounding yes, because quite frankly, although I'm no horse racing expert by any stretch of the imagination, I knew enough to say Big Brown had no competition.
Horses get hurt, that's a part of the sport nobody can predict. But that didn't happen with Big Brown. He didn't even get beat by some wonder horse that came out of the metaphorical woods to stun the world.
There is an old expression I would use for what happen to Big Brown that I can't in this space. He "choked" for lack of a better term. He didn't have it. On the ultimate stage, with history well within his grasp, not only did he not win, but he finished last.
For all the big talk coming from his trainer the last week, the horse came up very small.
Much like Joe DiMaggio's record hitting streak, maybe those waiting to see another Triple Crown winner will have a long wait ahead.

6 Comments:

Blogger Johnny said...

To say that BB had no competition is unfair. Any horse that gets in the starting gate is always a threat. Just because we the oddsmakers say they're longshots doesn't mean we or the experts know what we're doing.

As soon as Da'Tara took the lead, he was a threat, and you hit it right---Big Brown choked.

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