- A big "shut up" to all those from the Big Brown camp - and from Riley Tucker's as well - who are complaining that Edgar Prado, riding the latter, went out of his way to box Big Brown in during the early stages of the Preakness.
"It looked like he was just trying to keep our horse [trapped] in a box," Dutrow said yesterday. "It didn't look like he was out to get the best finish out of his horse."Prado took a peek inside after breaking from the ten post; perhaps seeing that there was not much going on (Tres Barrachos had stumbled coming out of the gate), he went for the lead. After yielding to Gayego, he did appear to hustle his mount when Big Brown inched up inside of him. I guess this is the point to which Dutrow and Iavarone are objecting. But I think it's a ridiculous accusation. Prado was riding to win, so why shouldn't he have tried to put the favorite in an unfavorable position? Besides, the field was pretty spread out at that point, and Desormeaux was merely briefly inconvenienced and in no danger at all.
Big Brown owner Michael Iavarone made similar remarks to Newsday on Monday, saying, "I don't know what Edgar was doing. I think it was a suicide mission. And I don't think there's any place for that." [Newsday]
Interestingly, Dutrow told Bloodhorse that he received a phone call from Riley Tucker’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, who told him he was upset by Prado’s ride. Zayat should shut up too. We already know that he's a crybaby. And he ran horses in the Derby and Preakness such as this one, Z Humor, and,
And besides, does Dutrow really want to get into what is appropriate or not? Don't get me bellyaching here!