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01:58 PM on 06/07/2008
Go Big Brown! Go Go Go!
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trollsbwild
The beatings will continue until morale improves!
01:47 PM on 06/07/2008
Not much of a field to challenge Big Brown. Hope he wins and no horses are injured.
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MizLiz
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01:24 PM on 06/07/2008
I'll be hoping and praying that Big Brown's hoof holds steady. I don't want to see another beautiful animal destroyed because of human greed and ambition. Racehorses today just aren't as sturdy as they used to be. They're bred for speed alone, and their ankles and hooves are suffering for it.
02:50 PM on 06/07/2008
You sure don't what happens to all the TB's that aren't fast enough, that are sold for pet food.

Wouldn't be pretty.
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mairs
Ebony and Ivory
03:27 PM on 06/07/2008
A lot of the horses go into pleasure riding, or show jumping. I had a retired thoroughbred racer and my friend had a retired quarter horse racer who wasn't fast enough. Her horse was only three years old and became a trail horse.
02:52 PM on 06/07/2008
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C00E0DC1130F931A15757C0A9679C8B63

This has long been the fate of racing's noble field of thoroughbreds, with an estimated 6,000 or more being slaughtered each year.

''Thoroughbreds that aren't very good at racing quickly go to the bottom, running at small half-mile tracks and country fairs,'' said John D. Stuart, a well-known Kentucky breeding agent who volunteers as president of the foundation. ''Then the killer-buyers come,'' he said, referring to the auction low-bidders who regularly send some of the most gallant-looking horses to slaughter as dog food for Americans and, increasingly, as dinner entrees for Europeans and Asians.
12:54 PM on 06/07/2008
Crack or no crack, the money's all that matters.
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Chuckwheat
12:37 PM on 06/07/2008
Casino Drive was scratched this morning because of a bruised hoof. The odds against all other horses in many cases are 70 to 100 to 1.
Big Brown will have his day in the sun!
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naschkatze
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12:31 PM on 06/07/2008
Anyone else smell a fix? His top competitor in the Belmont dropped out. Big Brown just doesn't seem to have the physical perfection of a Triple Crown Winner to win in a field of topnotch horses.
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kellygrrrl
12:26 PM on 06/07/2008
poor little guy!

way too young to be running this horse this hard
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SPQR1052
12:26 PM on 06/07/2008
Go BIG BROWN!! You better -- Represent Baby!
12:25 PM on 06/07/2008
The strongest competitor mentioned in the article scratched with a foot problem of his own. Meaning Big Brown will be competing against no one in his league. It will still be exciting to watch this race.
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12:13 PM on 06/07/2008
A mile and a half on a cracked hoof, that's what else there is, Junior.
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reliant1
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12:44 PM on 06/07/2008
The quarter crack is the equivalent of a hang nail...what's too bad is the scratch of Casino Driver.

Big Brown will win and many will say he had no real competition. He'll go slow, no record setting time is needed. He's a fine big boy and will have a hoot prancing around the track.

They'll have his peppermints ready for him when he's done and we'll have a TCW.
02:47 PM on 06/07/2008
Why are they racing 3 year old horses when the horses ankles and legs don't fully mature until they are 5?

Money

They'll have his Euthanil ready for him when he's done.