Big Brown will not run on steroids Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said. Dutrow created a stir before the Preakness when he said all the horses in his stable, including Big Brown, received a monthly shot of Winstrol, which is legal in New York. On Thursday, Dutrow said Big Brown will not get another treatment before his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years.
No death investigation
State prosecutors in Louisville say they can't investigate the death of Eight Belles, despite a request from The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Steve Tedder, a spokesman for the commonwealth's attorney in Jefferson County, said on Thursday the actions requested by PETA aren't within the legal duties of the office.
MassCap officials want Big Brown and Curlin
Suffolk Downs is offering a $5 million purse for the Massachusetts Handicap if Big Brown wins the Triple Crown and both he and Curlin go undefeated and start in the race against each other.
The $5 million would include a $1 million participation bonus for each horse.
The 11⁄8-mile race will be run Sept. 20.