Saturday, June 07, 2008

Nuts

It appears the path to the Triple Crown is now virtually unimpeded, as Dude Committee favorite Casino Drive is out of the race. He had it all going for him: Asian-born with a love of gambling, and a chance to shove Rick Dutrow's words back in his big mouth. Alas, the dream is dead.

9 comments:

The Franchise said...

Yes, this is indeed bad news. It seems like all the pieces are falling in place for a Triple Crown, which would be great for the sport. It's just too bad it's going to happen for a trainer I just can't support under any circumstances.

Dutrow has a rare Triple Crown of his own on his resume: druggie, cheater, poor sport!

The Franchise said...

Oh, and by the way, go Denis of Cork!

Head Dude said...

At least with the inside post, there's a chance he'll get pinned inside and unsettled like Smarty Jones. It's ironic, because a lot of the Triple Crown contenders over the last few decades (Real Quiet, Smarty Jones, Barbaro, etc.) all had owners and trainers that were well-liked, and now we're stuck with a likely winner that has neither. Dutrow's lack of scruples is matched only by the owners' lack of class (for instance when they whooped it up while Eight Belles was being put down).

The Dude said...

Can Cigar come out of retirement to race this guy? Sunday Silence? Easy Goer? Real Quiet? Why won't anyone named their horse "Audacity of Hope"?

The Dude said...

D'Tara!!!

Big Daddy said...

Well one the one hand I wanted to see a Triple Crown but on the other as you guys have mentioned...I simply hated the owner and trainer.


well done D'Tara

Head Dude said...

Isn't it great to watch a horse race when you're rooting for all horses except one? I didn't know who the others were, and to be honest didn't really care, but when Big Brown started fading down the back stretch, I was one happy dude.

Big Daddy said...

I guess someone needed their steroid shot after all. Oh well!
I didn't stay tuned that long after the race. Did the owner and trainer have any comment? I half expect(ed) them to throw the jockey under the bus (or in this case under the horse).

Though since Big Brown was obviously so superior to every other horse (as the trainer and owner told anyone who would listen) shouldn't any of the dudes have been able to ride BB to victory???

Head Dude said...

Pat Forde wrote a good column about Dutrow and IEAH on espn.com. These weren't dudes to root for. Dutrow basically said he's not sure what the problem was, as the horse seems healthy. I didn't realize that the ownership group is a glamorized hedge fund that buys horses that will return the most to investors and then sells them. In this case, Big Brown's stud rights were sold for $50 million after the Preakness. You suspect they're angry with Desormeaux for pulling him up in the back stretch when he wasn't making a final kick, because to these people, the horses are investments and they don't care if they get hurt. Barbaro is turning in his urn!