The Belmont blame game has begun. The Belmont Stakes proved once again that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. The blame game has begun and it looks like its every man for himself. Big Brown’s stunning last place finish in the Belmont ending its Triple Crown victory has a way of diving the troops. Every body loves a winner and every one must find a skate goat when there is a loser. Or a jockey in this case as Big Brown’s trainer Rick Dutrow blames Kent Desormeaux for the last place finish.
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.
The decision of whether to change jockeys is up to co-owner Michael Iavarone, Dutrow said.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone, especially Kent,” Dutrow told The Associated Press on Tuesday morning in his barn at Aqueduct. “But I still don’t understand what happened. I don’t see the horse with a problem, so I have to direct my attention toward the ride. That’s all I can come up with.”
That’s all he can come up with? Interestingly enough the trainer Rick Dutrow broke from normal preparation and did not give Big Brown steroids prior to The Belmont. Big Brown was normally administered a monthly shot of the steroid Winstrol. What does anyone think happened who saw the race? Doesn’t it become rather obvious what occurred in the race when as jockey Desormeaux stated, “I had no horse”. Mr Dutrow can you still come up with no other reason what happened at The Belmont?
Winstrol, an anabolic steroid known to increase appetite and weight, is legal in New York. Winstrol is the same steroid for which Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, when he was stripped of his gold medal. More recently, Roger Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee, said he injected the pitcher with Winstrol in 1998.
On the advice of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, Dutrow also reduced Big Brown’s dose of electrolytes.