Even if Big Brown had won horse racing’s Triple Crown on Saturday, he would not have been the real winner.
Nor would have the owner, trainer, jockey or anyone else but one young 9-year-old boy.
No matter what happened, the biggest hero at Belmont was Jacob Desormeaux, the son of Big Brown’s jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Check out this story about Kent Desormeaux on cbsnews.com:
His youngest son was born with a rare genetic disorder called Usher Syndrome. Now nine years old, Jacob Desormeaux is deaf and will probably be blind by adulthood.
But in the Desormeaux "circle of life," the child has taught his parents. "The little things we take for granted, he makes us stop and notice those things because he does it himself,'" mother Sonia Desormeaux said.
"Because of Jacob, I go out there and I give all I got. I give you my best," Kent Desormeaux said.
We can only hope and pray Jacob Desormeaux never loses his sight. In the horse racing circle, he is the biggest winner of all.