For many the 2008 Belmont Stakes result was a huge disappointment as it was hoped by millions that Big Brown, who had won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes and was in line to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history and the first since Affirmed won it in 1978.
In the event it was not to be. Big Brown broke awkwardly at the start and took a position on the outside while outsider Da’Tara took up the running and set a brisk pace until the turn. Kent Desormeaux, who was on board Big Brown asked his horse for a run at that point but got no response, instead Big Brown went backwards, while De’Tara quickened and quickly had the race sewn up.
He went on to win by over 5 lengths, from Kentucky Derby 3rd Denis of Cork with both Anak Nakal and Ready’s Echo dead heating for third. Da’Tara was a 40/1 winner and one of the longest odds winners of the race. For Big Brown the Triple Crown dream was over, he finished last but it was later discovered that he had ran with an injury.
- 1st De’Tara, A Garcia, N Zito
- 2nd Denis Of Cork, R Alborado, D Carroll
- 3rd Anak Nakal, J Leparoux, B Baffert
- 3rd= Ready’s Echo, J Velazquez, T Pletcher
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