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The Big Brown “know it all know nothings” coming out!

Posted by devildogtodd on June 8, 2008

One of the many problems with horse racing is that even the average fan doesn’t really know much about the sport and how it works. They never trained horses. They have not rode horses as a jockey would. Most of them have never been close to a horse. So it is understandable that the average fan would say really dumb things.

But what the hell is the excuse for sports writers writing about Big Brown? Take, for example, Mark Beech from CNNSI. This guy has to be one of the dumbest writers around! He actually said that the reason Big Brown did not run well in the Belmont is that the horse was not ready to run a mile and a half! Hysterical!

Uhhhhh Mark. The horse was finished after 7/8ths of a mile. Conditioning had nothing to do with it. Big Brown missing four days of training was not a major deal. After all, he had just run two races in two weeks. Missing four days of training with a dead fit horse is not going to cause much problem.

Even with a short horse for the Belmont you would expect Big Brown to be plenty fit to go a mile and a quarter, especially against those horses. He was DONE at the 5/8ths pole. And Mark, just in case you don’t know where the 5/8ths pole is, that is the pole that shows you there are 5/8ths of a mile REMAINING. Which means Big Brown was done after 7/8ths of a mile. I sure think he was plenty fit to run that distance.

Maybe the horse simply didn’t want to run much, which is not likely. Maybe the horse’s foot bothered him more than anyone knew, a little more likely. Maybe the horse had an underlying illness that was not found, happens all the time. But more than likely this bad performance was breathing related. It is really hard to tell.

But to be a national writer like Mark Beech is and say something so stupid is just an example of the type of coverage horse racing gets. Just awful.

And finally, can we get Kenny Mayne off of these telecast? Let him do his little features, by my goodness, get him off of the rest of the telecast. He is truly clueless. To bring up the fact that Big Brown was a little frisky in the security barn, and that is why he might have run poorly is just an absolute ignorant statement.

Racing has a lot of problems, and one of the major problems is most of the yahoo’s covering it.


2 Responses to “The Big Brown “know it all know nothings” coming out!”

  1. Vee said

    And, maybe he was just tired or out of sorts that day. We get tired or down for unknown reasons on some days, where we are just going thru the motions, why can’t a race horse? I think we were spoiled by the 3 TC winners in the 1970’s, and I can remember people then were talking about how the TC was maybe over, that it was no longer a true competitive sport now that they had 3 winners in 10 years! Just goes to show you, even the so called experts are wrong some of the time.

    I kinda liked Big Brown, he looked like he won the Derby and Preakness so easily, especially the Preakness, loping over the finish line like he was out for a stroll, hardly straining at all. But, even horses have a bad day apparently, and his was Saturday. Too bad, because I think he is a better horse than what he is going to be remembered for, maybe still not a TC winner, but he might have at least given the winner a run for it’s money. Now, poor baby will be remembered for losing and coming in last, but at least he finished.

    I do think it was a good idea for the jockey to pull him up however when indications were that something was wrong, the sport does not need to see another horse hurt and maybe euthanized in front of the crowd during two different races in one years Triple Crown.

  2. devildogtodd said

    Horses have good and bad days, but this was more than bad! Something was not right with this horse. They may never find out what really caused this horse to run so bad. Maybe in the next couple of days they will. It is a very puzzling deal. He broke hard, which most sore horses will not do. He was very eager to run, which most sore horses will not do.

    The track could have been an issue, but Kent did not say that the track was an issue. In then end run we might not ever know what caused such a bad performance…but common sense says it was not a conditioning problem or a problem with the distance. He was finished after 7/8ths, and we know he was fit to go at least a mile and a quarter.

    I have a feeling he had an air issue, and these do NOT always show up with one scoping. Either way, he ran awful. Let’s hope they find the problem and this horse can run twice more. He deserves a chance to show just how good he is. Yesterday was not him at all.

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