Did Big Brown Get a Last-Minute Shoe Switch?

By Fred

I finally found a photo of Big Brown’s loose shoe on ESPN.

I can’t tell if it’s like this cushioned, glue-on Yasha horseshoe they said Big Brown was going to wear at Belmont. I think they even showed one on TV right before the race. But the close-up of Brownie’s loose shoe looks to me like there’s a bit of nail sticking out.

The Yasha doesn’t look like it uses any nails. So at the last minute did they switch shoes on Big Brown? Why? He’d been winning races on Yashas.

Why isn’t anybody but a cat asking these questions?

4 Responses to Did Big Brown Get a Last-Minute Shoe Switch?

  1. Rachel says:

    Surely Dutrow would have noticed if somebody had changed BB’s shoes at the last minute. All of this is ridiculous. Dutrow also said that the loose shoe would not have made a difference, as did D. Wayne Lukas, another top trainer. And noone would have been able to get to BB to do such a thing.

    Why don’t people just accept that Big Brown was not feeling cooperative that day, whether because he was delhydrated, was rank because of lack of training, or simply that he didn’t feel like runing on that track in the heat, with a jockey he didn’t particularly like. I think that of all the horses that day, his performance seemed the most sensible.

  2. catsworking says:

    That’s what I’ve been saying all along. Big Brown just wasn’t in the mood to run that day, for whatever reason, but nobody seems willing to accept it.

    I don’t think he doesn’t like his jockey, because Desormeaux was riding him when he won the Derby and the Preakness.

    However, I think the shoe business is a valid concern, and don’t understand why anyone would say it didn’t make any difference. Would YOU keep running full gallop through deep sand if you felt one of YOUR shoes falling off and there was a chance you could drive a nail into your foot?

    And they were making such a big deal out of the fact that BB wore these new glue-on shoes (I saw it mentioned several times, possibly during the Preakness and then Belmont), why were his back shoes nailed on?

    I was just reading another forum of horse people, and they were saying that soon after coming out of the gate, Brownie may have had that hoof stepped on by a horse behind him, and that it bent the shoe.

    At this point, I don’t think Dutrow’s word on anything is worth much. His latest stunt was to fail to appear before Congress when they were investigating the practice of drugging these horses. Later, Dutrow claimed he was ill, but he didn’t notify the committee beforehand. Any guy who’d diss Congress like that isn’t playing with a full deck.

  3. she shoes says:

    Looked like a spring shoe to me, which aren’t exactly legal.

  4. catsworking says:

    Which shoe are you talking about, the one that came loose, or the ones Big Brown was SUPPOSED to be wearing that didn’t have nails?

    Before one of his races, a reporter did a whole piece on the new shoes, and nothing was said about them being illegal. Are they?

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