Big Brown Fails to Sweep 2008 Triple Crown

Big Brown, the colt touted by his handlers to be the first to sweep the US Triple Crown series since Affirmed in 1978, failed dismally in Saturdays’ 140th running of the Belmont Stakes, finishing dead last.

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The field breaks from the gate; Da’ Tara leads from Big Brown

“I had no horse,” was jockey Kent Desormeaux’s only explanation for the horse’s failure to fire in the backstretch. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes winner ran on a cracked heel remedied with an acrylic and fiberglass patch, which his trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said would not hinder the colt’s chances for success.

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Da’ Tara takes the lead; with Alan Garcia aboard to win the 140th Belmont Stakes by 5-1/2 lengths

The winner of this year’s Belmont Stakes was the field’s longest shot of all, Da’ Tara (ridden by Alan Garcia), who found the 1-1/2 mile journey easy running, coming in 5-1/2 lengths in 2:29.65 ahead of Denis of Cork. It was a dead heat for third between Anak Nakal and Ready’s Echo. Also-rans were Macho Again in fifth, then Tale of Ekati, Guadalcanal, Icabad Crane, and Big Brown last. Morning-line second favorite Casino Drive was scratched.

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Da’ Tara trainer Nick Zito, jockey Alan Garcia, and owner Robert La Penta with the Belmont Stakes trophy; Alan Garcia celebrates his history-making victory

Collages from photos by Associated Press and Reuters

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