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Triple Crown Spoilers

By Robert Goldberg

Big Brown

2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown became the first horse going for the Triple Crown to not eveb finish the Belmont Stakes.

© Terence Dulay
We have all read about the horses that have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to fail in the Belmont Stakes. What does anyone really know about the horses that denied those Triple Crown attempts? Here is part of their story.

Big Brown (2008)
Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr.
June 7 - 10 entered in Belmont Stakes, 9 started after Casino Drive scratched -- Big Brown was sent off as a heavy 3-10 favorite off his spectacular wins in the Derby and Preakness. He broke awkwardly, tracked the leaders in 3rd early, but when asked to make his move he did not respond and was eased through the stretch and did not finish the race. 38-1 longshot Da'Tara, who did not run in either the Derby or Preakness and was coming off a 2nd place finish in the Barbaro Stakes on the Preakness undercard, took the lead at the start and never looked back, winning by 5-1/4 lengths.

Smarty Jones (2004)
Trained by John Servis
June 5 - 9 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Smarty was sent off as the 2-5 favorite and had the race won until deep stretch when Birdstone, who finished 8th in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness, rallied to catch him at the 1/16th pole and took the lead in the final 50 yards, winning by a length. Birdstone only raced two more times after the Belmont, winning the Travers and finishing 7th in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Smarty Jones never raced again and was retired two months later due to chronic ankles problems.

Funny Cide (2003)
Trained by Barclay Tagg
June 7 - 6 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Only five rivals faced Funny Cide, and it was Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker, who skipped the Preakness who won, with Funny Cide finishing third.

War Emblem (2002)
Trained by Bob Baffert
June 8 - 11 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Sarava, fresh off a win in the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard, upset War Emblem at 70-1 in the Belmont. War Emblem ran eighth, the worst finish ever for a Derby/Preakness winner in the Belmont.

Charismatic (1999)
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas
June 5 - 12 entered in Belmont Stakes - After placing 9th in the Kentucky Derby and finishing 3rd in the Peter Pan Stakes, Lemon Drop Kid won the Belmont and Charismatic finished third after falling to an injury.

Real Quiet (1998)
Trained by Bob Baffert
June 6 - 11 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Up by four lengths at the eighth pole, Real Quiet lost by a stubborn nose to Derby/Preakness runner-up Victory Gallop.

Silver Charm (1997)
Trained by Bob Baffert
June 7 - 7 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Touch Gold finished fourth in the Preakness and came back to score a three-quarters of a length win over Silver Charm.

Sunday Silence (1989)
Trained by Charlie Whittingham
June 10 - 10 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Sunday Silence proved no match for Derby/Preakness runner-up Easy Goer once the latter got back to his home track in the Belmont.

Alysheba (1987)
Trained by Jack Van Berg
June 6 - 9 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Bet Twice, second in the Derby and Preakness, romped to a 14-length win as Alysheba finished fourth.

Pleasant Colony (1981)
Trained by John Campo
June 6 - 11 entered in Belmont Stakes -- Pleasant Colony ran third to winner Summing, who had won his maiden race over Pleasant Colony and came into the Belmont with wins on the turf in the Hill Prince Stakes and on the dirt in the Pennsylvania Derby.

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