For Sale

Forums

Politics
   Retraining a Racehorse - Moonfire (Week 1) Most Recent Most Popular
A Day of Sadness - Not Tradegy
 By C h r i s   •   22nd May 2010   •   10,551 views   •   27 comments
In 2008, I followed a horse named Big Brown. I watched on Live TV, him winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Everyone knew that he could easily win the Triple Crown. It was in is blood.

Big Brown

When the Belmont Stakes post time approached, my sister, mom and I sat in the living room, gathered around the TV. When it finally started chills started to run down my body. If he won this race, I would witness history.

Going into the turn Big Brown was in perfect striking position. However, when it came time for him to make his sweeping move, nothing happened. I listened and watched in horror and shock. I heard the announcers' own shocked words, "And Big Brown has been eased at the top of the stretch." At that moment, my heart dropped. After the broadcast was over, I walked into my room and started to write:

June 7, 2008
Belmont Stakes

Everyone is always saddened when a horse breaks down and is sent to the hospital or is put down on the spot. But on this day, June 7, 2008, there was a different kind of sadness. Not a sadness of loss or tragedy, but a sadness of seeing and experiencing something great suddenly fall in defeat.

Millions of people followed Big Brown from before the Kentucky Derby to this very day. They watched him destroy the field in the Derby and then left the other horses in the dust as he accelerated incredibly in the Preakness.

In the Belmont, he was in a perfect striking position, but when his jockey asked him to go, there was nothing. Big Brown didn’t leave the field he didn’t leave them in the dust. Instead he was the one who was left behind in the dust. And at the top of the stretch I and millions of others watched Big Brown and heard in horror the words of the announcer, “And Big Brown has been eased at the top of the stretch.” At that moment the tragic memories of Eight Belles appeared.

In the end, Big Brown was uninjured . . . he was healthy.

That day, for me, is one of the saddest horse racing’s tragedies because on that day an undefeated champion fell in defeat and was denied the Triple Crown by a dislodge shoe. It will remain the saddest because millions of people watched Big Brown disappear from the field and canter across the finish alone, while his exercise rider is walking on the track watching to see if her champion is okay.

It will remain the saddest because back at the barn the owners were there with Big Brown giving him a hug and telling him, “He was the reason everybody was there and that he brought so much joy to everybody around him.”

It will remain the saddest because when the owners saw Big Brown back at the barn, he just dropped his head as if to say “I’m sorry.”

It will forever remain the saddest because here was an undefeated colt named Big Brown, who knew he was defeated who thought that he disappointed everyone. But like one of his owners said, “Just knowing he was okay, it felt like we won the Triple Crown.”

I am still saddened when I watched the 2008 Belmont.

A Day of Sadness - Not Tradegy
A Day of Sadness - Not Tradegy
A Day of Sadness - Not Tradegy
A Day of Sadness - Not Tradegy
Horse News More In This Category:  Horse Stories      Horse News More From This Author:  C h r i s
halfbrokehorses  
the second picture with the crowd in the background is amazing :)
  May 22, 2010  •  1,365 views
 
toffeelola  
at least the jockey was taking care of his horse and didn't push him which could have resulted in serious injury!
  May 22, 2010  •  1,347 views
 
bambam roxs  
i agree with foffelola!!!
  May 22, 2010  •  1,350 views
 
C h r i s  MOD 
Fawny - All horses were off drugs in the Triple Crown races and steriods are illegal now. Toffeelola - I agree.
  May 22, 2010  •  1,772 views
 
MoMoz  
I followed Big Bown too and I too was extrememly dissapointed when I watched the Belmont, but I still think that Eight Belle's case is sadder. Both things make me sad!
  May 22, 2010  •  1,763 views
 
ForcesOfNature  
Fawny- Its obvious that the reason he didn't run well was that he had a bent shoe. Would you be able to run with half the bottom of your sneaker poking out?
  May 22, 2010  •  1,826 views
 
Dark Star  
Personally, I have to agree with Fawny that Big Brown didn't have it in him. The most saddest accidents in history are Barbaro, Eight Belles, and Ruffian. All of those struck the world hard. Big Brown will race again, he can make up for losing it. All the horses who lose their lifes on the track can't....but those horses died happy, that's all I can say.
  May 22, 2010  •  1,732 views
 
SuperLevi  
I honestly never like Big Brown. His owners and trainers were to cocky and thought they had such a special horse. Big Brown had major foot/hoof problems. In fact he retired before the breeders cup because during a workout he injured himself in the hoof. I was VERY happy to see him lose and not only that but dead last. Though I know its not the horses fault how his people act, its just the way they publictized him I hated. I forget were I heard this but some trainer I read about or watched said somthing like,"You cant have a horses without feet." And now Big Brown is at Three Chimneys being a sire! I honestly think breeding now days is the fault of the weak breed of thoroughbreds. B Brown only raced like what two times before the kentucky derby? Barbaro already raced in five races before the derby and only finished 6 races going farther back to Secretariat who ran 6 races as a two year old and went on to finish his career with 21 starts and 16 wins. Seabiscuit ran in 89 races placing in
  May 23, 2010  •  2,273 views
 
Wandie  MOD 
Chris didn't post this to start an arguement. She posted this to show you guys what she wrote. Every horse is great in it's own way. Just because one doesn't like the owners or trainers of a horse that doesn't mean that you should say that a horse is a bad racehorse. I don't like Rachel Alexandra's owner, trainer, and even jockey, but that doesn't mean I hope she finishs last in a race or hope that she gets hurt. Despite her owners I still see Rachel as a great racehorse. I don't care for Big Brown's owner or trainer, but I still love Big Brown. He was a great racehorse and had amazing talent. Horse racing is all about the horses. I don't look at the owners or trainers because they are just the ones who train and own the horse, pick the races and stand in the grandstands. The horses and jockeys are the ones winning the races, and working hard.
  May 23, 2010  •  2,207 views
 
SuperLevi  
I never once said I wanted to see him break down thats just wrong for any horse or animal lover to say. Im not starting an argument either, I was just posting my thoughts. It was a very nice article. I also never said I wanted to see him in dead last I just didnt want him to win the triple crown, I was just happy that he not only lost but bost big time. I respect everyones thoughts and opinons. I understand he was fast, he had a good record but as others have said to me he just didnt have what it took or wasnt proven enough. Oh I ment to add to what I said earlier, i saw you wanted to be a jockey, Chris, I wish you luck with that dream. I too want to be in the sport of kings and plan to be a vetrinarian for racehorses and possibly a trainier. Best wishes to you :)
  May 23, 2010  •  2,349 views
 
Equestri  
Erm...guys. Does it matter? She was just posting to give her feelings on the race. There's no need to start an arguement on if Big Brown was a good racer or not. I think it was a very well-written article, Chris. I enjoyed reading it thanks for posting :D
  May 23, 2010  •  2,230 views
 
C h r i s  MOD 
Thanks Equestri !!!!!! SuperLevi - Good luck to you too!
  May 23, 2010  •  2,235 views
 
Dreamer100  
I think Bog Brown is/ was a good racer and I will argue for it if I have to. Nice article!
  May 23, 2010  •  2,222 views
 
Untamed Heart  
I dont care about the compition all i care about is the horses personality and that horses personality was kick butt!!!
  Aug 27, 2010  •  2,215 views
 
Rosesam  
i think the rider did the righ thing.I love bog Brow.
  56 days ago  •  2,239 views
 
Castaway Wish  
Ruffian's story is way sadder, and a REAL tragedy, it is one of those it's-so-sad-it-makes-me-cry stories.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruffian_(horse)
http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/23785
http://www.runruffian.com/index.php?section=12
  20 days ago  •  2,476 views
 
PsychoPathy  
poor eight belles,i watched her run her final race,the one when she was put down.she is out of pain now.R.I.P.
  Feb 14, 2011  •  2,196 views
 
Silent Nights  
wow that is a sad video.
  Jun 12, 2011  •  2,210 views
 
kingfisher  
Oh man, I heard oh this
  Jun 29, 2011  •  2,194 views
 
FreeRein  
this was soooooooo sad! but he will go on to produce great foals! (I HOPE! LOL)
  Jun 29, 2011  •  2,193 views
 
All That Jazz  
At least he's okay in the end.
  Aug 30, 2011  •  2,200 views
 
Let It Ride  
Even if he didn't win, it doesn't matter. We all knew he could have. At least his jockey didn't push him--or else it might have a tragedy
  Jan 12, 2012  •  2,216 views
 
Free Spirit Farm  
Thats a big disapointment, good thing he wasn't seriously injured.
  Jan 19, 2012  •  2,230 views
 
Moose  
This is moving. Especially the pictures. What a spectacular horse he was. =)
  Jan 22, 2012  •  2,202 views
  1  2    
 More News by C h r i s
Jockey With Stuttering Disorder Wins On Great Communicator
27th Jun 2011   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
The Breeders Cup is the World Series of horse racing. The one people remember the most is the Breeders Cup Classic because the best from the best from around the world meet up in that one race to determine who the best is. No ...
How To Become Popular On Ponybox
7th Mar 2011   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
Lucy decides to join Ponybox. She already figured everything out and is now on the forums meeting all the other players and joining in on their discussions. Two weeks go by and she still views herself as a new player. She re ...
The Coveted Triple Crown
4th Feb 2011   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
Winning the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing is considered the greatest accomplishment of a Thoroughbred racehorse. The Triple Crown consists of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. One might think th ...
Excerpt From My Book: Phillipines 4:13
23rd Jan 2011   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
This is an excerpt from the introduction to my book, “Philippines 4:13.” This book is the story of my life as a young teenager to my life now, currently in training to become a jockey. Being a jockey is one of the easiest thing ...
Taking The Dressage World By Storm
10th Jan 2011   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
For a long time I always looked at Dressage as a boring form of riding with no excitement. Then after I came across a Youtube video of a black 17.1 hand Dutch Warmblood stallion, the way I looked at Dressage changed. The horse’s ...
Nearing the Two Year Mark on Ponybox
6th Jan 2011   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
Almost two years ago on January 28, 2009, I came across Ponybox while searching for horse games online. Ever since that moment when I clicked, “Create Account” Ponybox has been my “home.” Ever since the moment I joined my barn ...
Realistic Horse Digi Tutorial
21st Dec 2010   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
So many people on Morgan Ponybox messaged me asking if I could make a tutorial for digitals. So after many months of deciding....here it is. Also, if you have any suggestions for tutorials just message me on here or on Morgan at C ...
AntMan Chris Antley - A Decade Later
12th Dec 2010   |   Horse Stories   |   C h r i s
Chris Antley was born on January 6, 1966 in South Carolina. He was an insecure kid, who was too small to make the football team. He fell into work at a stable in the town of Elloree, not because he knew anything about horses. He ...
  View All News by C h r i s
 
Active News Discussions
Caba and Her Story of Abuse
10
comments
Caba and Her Story of Abuse
What is the Difference Between Bulls and Broncs
2
comments
What is the Difference Between Bulls and Broncs
Socks For Horses
18
comments
Socks For Horses
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
8
comments
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
The Truth About Horse Slaughter
28
comments
The Truth About Horse Slaughter
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
8
comments
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
Color Breed Confusion Resolved
27
comments
Color Breed Confusion Resolved
Terrible Horse Names
10
comments
Terrible Horse Names
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
8
comments
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
8
comments
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
 
©2002 - 2014   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us Moderators Online Now
167 PonyBox members online 1,879 News Articles 5,489,643 Unique News Article Views