Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Behind The Scenes With Big Brown At Derby 134

Here he is walking into the paddock to get saddled up. On the way in he stopped in front of us and laid a massive big brown himself.

Big Brown is led into the paddock to gear up

And here is is walking back out to the track during the playing of "My Old Kentucky Home"

Desormeaux leads Big Brown from the paddock to the track

Something I have never seen: on walk out, Desormeaux had to circle Big Brown 5 or 6 times, and as he was the final horse there was a huge crowd behind him- everyone else inside the rails in the paddock. Later we learned that the 18 horse, Recapturetheglory, had thrown his rider and this was the cause of the delay. Anyhow, despite the chaotic circumstances, and so many people so close to him, Big Brown remained calm, cool, and collected- very impressive.

And about 10 minutes after that, he ran into the history books as the winner of the 134th Kentucky Derby, and only the 7th undefeated Derby winner.

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