Big Brown More Compelling in Defeat

Belmont defeat reminds us of why we race in the first place
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2008 12:39 PM CDT
Da' Tara crosses the finish line as jockey Alan Garcia comes up out of the saddle after winning the 140th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. on Saturday, June 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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(Newser) – Big Brown may have performed poorly at the Belmont Stakes, but his loss makes for a better story than victory would have, and he's in good company, writes Wallace Matthews in Newsday. Between Roberto Duran throwing in the towel against Sugar Ray Leonard, and Alex Rodriguez's plummeting temperature each postseason, defeats typically make for more drama than triumphs.

Horseracing's hero failed to capture the Triple Crown, but the ups and downs of the story (Rick Dutrow guarantees victory! A hoof injury may hurt Big Brown's Chances! Casino Drive drops out! The favorite draws plum post position! But then makes the worst finish in Belmont history!) make it more spectacular than a win could have been, Matthews argues.