My Big Brown Moment – Wishing for High Tech Hoof Repair

Last week, during the torrential thunderstorm that swept through the area, one of my horses managed to pull both front shoes. After a spring that was characterized by alternating wet (think standing in mud) and dry, his feet weren’t in great shape. For the last two shoeing cycles, my farrier had patched his feet together […]

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No Hoof, No Horse – Did a Loose Shoe Cost Big Brown the Belmont?P

Photos of the Belmont Stakes recently published clearly show that Big Brown’s right hind shoe was partially pulled off after a collision at the start. Close up photos clearly show the shoe hanging down. This slide show shows the progression. Check out photo #3 which shows Guadalcanal stepping on Big Brown. I can’t believe the jockey […]

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Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: An Interview with Big Brown

Ever since his poor showing in the Belmont Stakes, people have been speculating about the cause. Some attribute it to steroid withdrawal (although, I can’t for a minute believe that Dutrow would have made such a major change to Big Brown’s regime before the Triple Crown, given that steroid use for horses is legal in […]

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“I cannot fathom what kind of freaks the Triple Crown champions were.”

So said Jockey Kent Desormeaux after Big Brown’s disappointing run in the Belmont stakes yesterday. It’s been 30 years since a horse won racing’s Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. But it wasn’t always so. In the 1970s, there were three Triple Crown Winners! In 1978, Affirmed stuck a nose […]

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Big Brown Wearing Owl Eyes? Hooters Sponsorship Makes People Cringe

The announcement that Big Brown’s owners have sold the sponsorship rights on the jockey’s racing silks to the Hooter’s restaurant chain, has many people shaking their heads. This classy athlete just deserves better than a chain known for buxom waitresses in tight shirts. If Big Brown does win the Triple Crown, this year’s winner’s circle […]

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Big Brown’s Future is Set, but what about other Racehorses?

After a smoking win in the Preakness, Big Ben’s owners revealed that his retirement to stud is already set. According to an article in yesterday’s New York TImes: The $50 Million Horse By Joe Drape It’s true Big Brown’s stallion rights were sold to Three Chimneys Farm for more than $50 million. Michael Iavarone, the […]

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