Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see.
Just think: 2008 is a year of history-making. The first woman presidential contender, the first black presidential contender, the country is economically crippled and global leaders are arguing like teenagers. What we really needed was something positive, something good to ease the pain of it all. A Triple Crown winner followed by a match race between Big Brown and Curlin would've been a nice reprieve. It would've been "Seabiscuit" all over again.
Instead, the news is confusing and fragmented:
"After Big Brown’s collapse, there were suspicions, fairly or not, that the horse, who looked unbeatable in April and May, was a fraud." (Rhoden)
What the general media has latched onto is Big Brown's trainer saying that he routinely injected his horses with steroids. The trainer told reporters that he didn't know the effects the steroids had on the horses if any; he just likes to use them.
What was observable on TV's recording of the Belmont points to other questions that haven't been addressed:
- The media was kept at a distance in the week prior to the Belmont, yet few questioned this.
- During the post parade, Big Brown was very calm. Too calm.
- Stifling heat and humidity, but Big Brown was dry.
- Review of the race showed no reason for the jockey to pull the horse out of the race. The jockey made errors in how he rode the race, but not enough that the horse could'nt have run it.
- The trainer and vets find nothing wrong with the horse.
- Obviously as healthy of a horse as he was going into the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, yet the jockey pulls the horse out of the race.
- The long shot horse, Da' Tara, leads and wins the race with no challenges.
The rumors abound that Big Brown wasn't sound. That he was too calm and then sluggish during the race points to drugs like pain killers and calming agents. No hoof, no horse.
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If I were to identify what I feel about this, I'd have to say that I am flat, discouraged and disappointed. It seems that all the good things that used to make America strong is gone. It is all replaced by uncontrolled, boundless greed. The truth of the matter is that horses don't lie.
It'll take me a few days to come up with the positives on this one.