It was the jockey’s fault. Rick Dutrow, Big Brown’s trainer, is blaming the jockey for the poor showing at the Belmont Stakes:

“NEW YORK – Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. still blames Kent Desormeaux for Big Brown’s stunning last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, but he wouldn’t object to the jockey riding the horse in his next race.”

link: Big Brown trainer pins blame on jockey

This is absolute nonsense. Kent Desormeaux eased his mount when he knew the horse had nothing left. It was an excellent decision. Though the race, the jockey kept Big Brown away from trouble. Big Brown started in the Number One hole and Kent Desormeaux kept him out of trouble from that inside position.

Before the running of the Belmont Stakes, Rick Dutrow denigrated the other horses in the field. He said that a Big Brown victory – and the Triple Crown – was “a foregone conclusion“. Rick Dutrow even skipped giving Big Brown his monthly Winstrol, a steroid. Now, with a disastrous finish, Rick Dutrow is looking for someone to blame and he has settled on Kent Desormeaux. It is just completely classless.

Catherine Forsythe
Director of Operations