Plans to announce a stallion deal for Preakness Stakes (gr. I) favorite Big Brown on May 15 fell through, but discussions will continue after the second leg of the Triple Crown is run May 17.
IEAH Stables co-president Michael Iavarone told The Blood-Horse May 14 he hoped to announce a deal the following day. But May 15 he issued a statement explaining the situation.
“Unfortunately, we couldn't come to terms on a stud deal for Big Brown prior to the Preakness as we had hoped,” Iavarone said. “Legal issues and time constraints proved too much to overcome, and we will revisit all options following the Preakness.
“Big Brown is training as well as ever, we expect a big effort on Saturday, and are very anxious for the race. We appreciate the great interest shown in our colt.”
Big Brown, owned by IEAH and Paul Pompa Jr., is the morning-line 1-2 favorite in a field of 13 for the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Big Brown, by Boundary out of the Nureyev mare Mien, won the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to remain undefeated in four career starts.
Iavarone said May 14 he believes there is no chance Big Brown will race as a 4-year-old.