Three days after the Belmont Stakes, the world of horse
racing is still stunned over Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown’s last place
finish. Big Brown was vying to become the first horse in 30 years to win the
coveted prize. The race also represented Hall of Fame jockey and Maurice native
Kent Desormeaux’s second attempt at the Triple Crown. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick,
Desormeaux says the race was likely lost in the first turn, following a bad break
out of the gate and that dry track conditions may have also been a factor. “I actually was quite
happy to get that position I was in, after we rounded into the first turn. But
it took a lot of work to get it. Given the situation I was in, there's nothing
I could have done differently.” Desormeaux adds both Big Brown’s owner and
trainer have complimented him on the race and that he fully expects to continue
to be the horse’s jockey. Big Brown’s owners now plan to enter the horse into
two more races, including a showdown with last year’s Preakness Stakes winner
Curlin in the Breeders Cup Classic. I’m not going anywhere," Desormeaux says. "God has proven that lightning can strike twice in a bottle, so hopefully we can come back.” Read the full interview.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.