Big Brown being hugged after the race by Frank Lyons and Michael Iavarone
(AP Photo/Kathy Wilens)

Big Brown started as favourite to win in yesterday’s 140th running of the Belmont Stakes , but lost in heartbreaking style to eventual victor Da’Tara .

The undefeated Big Brown made history by becoming the first Triple Crown hopeful to pull up early and finish dead last in the Belmont Stakes.

“It was hot as hell out there,” said Big Brown’s jockey Kent Desormeaux. “He was empty. He didn’t have anything left, I had no horse.”

Desormeaux’s final comments closed a historic chapter in world Horseracing; “He’s the best horse I’ve ever been on so I took care of him.”