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Da' Tara spoils Big Brown's US Triple Crown bid with Belmont Stakes victory

Da' Tara spoils Big Brown's US Triple Crown bid with Belmont Stakes victory

Big Brown failed in his bid to become U.S. horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he finished last behind 38-1 choice Da' Tara in the Belmont Stakes.
Da' Tara led from the start to beat eight other thoroughbreds over 2,400 meters (1.5 miles), the longest and toughest of the three classics.
"I had no horse," said Big Brown's jockey, Kent Desormeaux.
All week long, Big Brown's trainer, Rick Dutrow Jr. said the horse's victory was "a foregone conclusion."
Instead of Big Brown becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 30 years, he was the first of 19 horses going for a Triple to finish last.
"He wasn't himself," winning trainer Nick Zito said, referring to Big Brown. "Things happen for a reason."
Da' Tara and jockey Alan Garcia sprinted to the lead out of the gate. Big Brown, eager in the early going, ran up on Da' Tara's heels heading into the first turn _ the first indication it wasn't going to be his coronation day.
Da' Tara had the lead down the backstretch, with Tale of Ekati in second and Big Brown running third on the outside with a clear path. This was Big Brown's moment, and Desormeaux asked him to go. He didn't respond.
"He was empty. He didn't have anything left," Desormeaux said.
Da' Tara opened up a clear lead turning for home, while Big Brown angled to the far outside under restraint. Big Brown still wanted to run, but Desormeaux knew it was over and focused on getting the colt home safely.
Big Brown was running on a quarter crack in his left front hoof that wasn't patched until Friday. Even as the horse was making his way to the starting gate, Dutrow said the crack was a "non-issue."
"He looked fine," said Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian. "All I saw was when Desormeaux started to slow him down. The first thing you expected is something is wrong. He was not lame when he stopped here in front of the stands."
Da' Tara, the longest shot on the board, won by 5 1/4 lengths over Denis of Cork and covered the distance in 2 minutes, 29.65 seconds. There was a dead heat for third between Anak Nakal and Ready's Echo. Macho Again was fifth, followed by Tale of Ekati, Guadalcanal, Icabad Crane and Big Brown.
Da' Tara paid $79 (euro50.65) to win on a $2 (euro1.28) wager.
Zito spoiled a Triple Crown bid four years ago when he saddled Birdstone to an upset of Smarty Jones. He also trained Anak Nakal.
While the thousands of fans jammed along the rail focused on Big Brown, Da' Tara pressed on to the finish line, obviously tired but triumphant.


Updated : 2021-04-23 08:03 GMT+08:00