Even with 4 horseshoes, Big Brown has been a strangely unlucky horse. Less than 2 weeks before he was to meet his match, 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, in the Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita, Brownie’s out of the running.
Yesterday morning during his workout at Aqueduct in New York, Big Brown kicked himself in a freakish misstep and “not only tore the bulb off his right front hoof, but half the foot was torn off,” according to owner Michael Iavarone.
It sounds devastating, but other news outlets describe it as a 3-inch gouge, and no one even noticed it until trainer Rick Dutrow saw blood. Thankfully, it’s not life-threatening as long as it doesn’t get infected, but it will take about 2 months to heal. Since Big Brown is scheduled to begin his $50 million stud gig at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, by December 31, there’s no time to enter him in another race. That would be anticlimactic anyway, without Curlin.
No one knew that the last time we saw Big Brown gallop to victory in the Monmouth Stakes on September 13, it really was the last time.
As the first horse in 79 years to win the Kentucky Derby from post 20, Big Brown ends his fascinating career with 7 wins and only one loss – his baffling melt-down in the Belmont Stakes that robbed him of the Triple Crown.
We at Cats Working wish Brownie a speedy recovery and many happy years surrounded by cute fillies and offspring who will grow up to fulfill Dad’s promise by winning the Triple Crown.