Monday, October 13, 2008

Brown Out

The short, sometimes brilliant, and often weird career of Big Brown is apparently at an end. The colt cut his right front hoof during a workout on the turf course at Aqueduct in preparation for what would have been his last start: the Breeder's Cup Classic at Santa Anita on October 25th, where many (including me) were still holding out hope that Curlin and Big Brown would finally meet.

It's not such a sad story for Big Brown - after his foot heals he goes straight to studly duty. My understanding is that the busier studs have up to 100 dates a year. As trainer Rick Dutrow said at the announcement of BB's retirement: "The best case scenario is he lives a real good life." It's all any of us can hope for, I suppose.