In a photo (that’s it to the right) taken by freelance photographer Russ Melton and e-mailed Big Brown co-owner Michael Iavarone, it looks pretty clear the shoe on Big Brown’s right hind hoof wasn’t exactly secure in the early portions of the Belmont.
Could this have caused a problem for Big Brown? I’d think so, absolutely. But I know next to nothing about horses or horse racing.
I’d say though, if you combine a loose shoe, a deep dirt track and the injury to the front left hoof and that all adds up to a very bad time for Big Brown. It’s enough of an explanation for me. I now would not like to hear anymore about horses until next year’s Kentucky Derby. Thank you.
Photo: Russ Melton via ESPN.com.