Big Brown, with two legs of the Triple Crown in hand ran without steroids for the first time today and lost badly.
Michael Iavarone, a co-president of International Equine Acquisitions Holdings, which is one of the owners of Big Brown, acknowledged that the accomplishments of his colt had been questioned by some critics because of the injections of Winstrol, the same anabolic steroid that the sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for in 1988, causing him to be stripped of his gold medal in the Seoul Olympics.
“But Rick has said, and we have believed all along, that Big Brown is phenomenally talented and has not needed any performance-enhancing drugs,” Iavarone said in discussing the decision to not use steroids since April.
Steroids for horses are banned in a lot of states, and should certainly be banned everywhere. After today’s race, they probably will.