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BREAKING 7 pm 6-7-08 Da'Tara Wins Belmont; No Triple Crown for Big Brown: Finishes Last
Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 6:24pm
BELMONT PARK, NY  From CNNSi  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING SPORTS:  BELMONT STAKES 7pm 6-7-08  Big Brown was a big loser Saturday afternoon in his final race for the elusive Triple Crown.  The longest shot of all, 38-1 Da'Tara went wire-to-wire to win the Belmont Stakes, thus dashing the hopes of trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Kent Desormeaux for the first Triple Crown Champion in 30 years. 

In fact, according to CNNSi, Big Brown was so far behind at the end of the race, that his margin of defeat wasn't even charted. 

Jockey Kent Desormeaux knew the big bay colt was finished. Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., who guaranteed racing's first Triple Crown in 30 years, knew it then, too.
"He was empty. He didn't have anything left," Desormeaux said. "There's no popped tires. He's just out of gas." 

Da' Tara went wire-to-wire, with 1-4 favorite Big Brown being eased up before he even finished the 1 1/2 miles, the longest and toughest of the three classics. 

Big Brown arrived at Belmont Park undefeated in five starts, winning all of them by a combined 39 lengths. His path to history seemed even more certain when unbeaten Casino Drive was scratched in the morning because of a bruised left hind hoof. 

But, Big Brown ran third most of the way until Desormeaux asked him for one of his explosive runs on the far turn.
"I had no horse," Desormeaux said, in stark contrast to Dutrow's unabashed pronouncements to the very end that a Triple Crown victory was "a foregone conclusion." 

Instead of becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 30 years, Big Brown was the first horse going for a Triple to finish dead last, stunning 94,476 fans who braved the unseasonable 88-degree heat and oppressive humidity.

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