Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr.Blames Kent Desormeaux for Big Brown’s Big Loss at Belmont


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.

Posted June 11, 2008 by
Bizarre, Sports | 5 comments

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    5 Responses to “Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr.Blames Kent Desormeaux for Big Brown’s Big Loss at Belmont”

    1. john staton on June 12th, 2008 5:54 am

      Big Brown had trouble just out of the gate. He was bunched and his ears show he is having trouble. Down the back stretch he is in 3rd but pushed to the outside. It is not a fast pace but he is not running easy, not Big Brown as we have seen him. Something was wrong with the horse!

    2. whytegirl on June 12th, 2008 7:18 am

      I did not want to watch the race; I am still remembering many years ago the horse that Puerto Rico sent, that many Americans feared, Mr. Frisky. If you don’t believe it, Google it up. If you can find a race that he’s been in you will see what I am writing about.

      Mr. Frisky, as soon as he was out of the gate just like the comment above was bunched in a way I only saw as strategic on the part of the rest of the jockeys.

      I would not be surprised if there was any strategy on the other jockeys’ part. Mr. Frisky after retirment was used for siring but no other offspring has ever come close to the caliber of Mr. Frisky.

    3. katablog on June 12th, 2008 7:32 am

      totally agree with John. Big Brown was not running to win when the jockey pulled him up. They knew the horse was running with a stress fracture in his hoof. If anything had happened because the jockey didn’t pull him up, they would have blamed that on him too.

      You have to know that when the horse wasn’t running right the jockey thought about the horse that collapsed and they had to put down in a previous race.

    4. Susan Maddern on June 12th, 2008 7:02 pm

      Kent knew Big Brown he rode him in the two previous races which Big Brown had won.So he knew their was a problem and I believe he did the right thing with that horse or their could have been another tradegy on the race track.

    5. tmhdenver on June 19th, 2008 10:44 am

      The term is “scape goat” … and it’s time to move on… We will never know what really happened with any of them. There were a lot of shinanigans going on long before the race and then during the race. Too bad horse racing, as a whole, is going to take the brunt of this fiasco. I watched the race that day, and will probably never watch again, simply because of all of the adolescent finger pointing and hype over what looks to me like a multi-blame clusterf***. Let it go now.

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