Big Brown’s Loose Shoe

Winning at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky.

What happened to American racing Thoroughbred Big Brown was the burning question in 2008 when the Rick Dutrow-trained colt flipped off the Belmont Stakes and America’s potential twelfth ever Triple Crown championship by taking an unexplained powder.

What happened was, he’s a horse, of course. But let’s go to a stream of conscious report from the big fella himself:

BIG BROWN: (crashing from the Belmont Stakes gate) “Hey, Kent! Get me over…I don’t want the rail! Oh, I’m slipping…my back feet are stuck…there, okay.

“Hey, Guad (Guadalcanal, running next to him), look out…Get over, Guad! Kent! You falling off up there, or what? Guad, move it! Ouch! Get off my feet!” (Shaking his head left) “Now looky what you did, Guad! My shoe’s loose! It’s only the first turn, and my shoe is loose! You stepped on it, Guad!” (Shaking his head right) “Can you help me with this, Kent? Kent! Oh, this is useless; we can’t talk while (shaking his head backward) I’m running!

“I’ll have to slow down — that shoe hurts — now it’s okay…let’s move outside, Kent. Ouch! It’s off again…Geez! Okay…daylight…yeah, we’re through…backstretch coming. Kent! Let’s just get my spot…before this silly shoe slips again…Ouch! There it went…Nuts, I’m tired…backstretch…I’m pooped…this shoe! Third…ouch! I’m third..the reins are moving…fourth…Kent! Kent.

“No gas…I’m out…the Triple’s gone. This shoe! Sorry, Kent…I’m out.” (Trailing off to the right, shaking his head) “Are they booing us? Kent? Are they?!”

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