Big Brown and his jockey, Kent Desormeaux, enter the track for the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008.
Despite having drawn the far outside post in the twenty-horse field, Big Brown wins the race by 4 3/4 lengths. It was the third Derby win for Desormeaux and only the fourth lifetime start for Big Brown.
Big Brown was the betting favorite but the celebration of his victory, by his jockey as well as the crowd, was subdued. Second-place finisher Eight Belles, the only filly in the race, broke both front ankles during the gallop-out and was euthanized on the track.

Big Brown has his moment in the Churchill Downs winner's circle after the 134th Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later he would win the Preakness Stakes.
Big Brown pauses during a walk through the barn two days before the Belmont Stakes.
Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and Michelle Nevin tend to Big Brown after his morning exercise on the Belmont Park track on June 6th, the day before the big race.
Kent Desormeaux keeps a tight hold on Big Brown at the start of the Belmont Stakes, a race that the colt officially did not finish, and the only one in his career that he did not win.

Big Brown heads to the winner's circle at Monmouth Park after his victory in the Haskell Invitational on August 3rd.
Big Brown cools down after his Haskell win.
Big Brown, above and right, returns to his Monmouth Park barn after his Haskell win.
Running on grass this time, Big Brown wins the Monmouth Stakes on September 13th.
Big Brown is back at the barn after winning on the grass.
A hoof injury sustained during training led to Big Brown’s retirement a month after his Monmouth Stakes win.
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