According to an announcement on the Vinery Australia Web site, the farm has “secured a significant shareholding” in Big Brown and the stallion will shuttle beginning this year.
The news release said the deal is pending approval by the shareholders in the stallion, who stands in the Northern Hemisphere at Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Vinery is owned by Tom Simon.
No Southern Hemisphere stud fee was announced. Big Brown , by Boundary—Mien, by Nureyev, stands at Three Chimneys for $55,000. He won seven of eight lifetime starts including the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and was the 2008 champion 3-year-old male. Big Brown, who earned $3,614,500, was retired following an injury during a workout at Aqueduct Oct. 13, 2008.
Big Brown’s first foals are arriving this year.
"It is a great thrill to be standing a horse of the caliber of Big Brown," said Vinery's Peter Orton. "He was the most superior racehorse of his generation, showing a devastating turn of foot to dominate the best horses in the land. Even more appealing to us is his pedigree, bred to run on turf yet brilliant enough to beat the best on their terms on dirt. What might this horse have achieved in Europe running in the classics there also"?
"After inspecting the stallion last week, I'm delighted to say he exceeded my expectations on conformation and his suitability to the Australasian style of racehorse. He stands just on 16.1 hands, possesses a particularly kind temperament and handles himself in the covering barn like a real professional. The most pleasing aspect for the future of this stallion is the quality of his first foals that are now arriving in Kentucky. They are all strong compact types with good strong shoulders and powerful hindquarters, typical of the Danzig line progeny we see here that are so successful in our conditions."
Big Brown was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Gary Knapp’s Monticule. He was sold as a yearling by Monticule at the Fasig-Tipton October sale, where Eddie Woods purchased him for $60,000. He was bought by Paul Pompa for $190,000 at the 2007 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training from Woods.
After Big Brown broke his maiden at Saratoga on the turf by 11 1/4 lengths for trainer Pat Reynolds, IEAH bought into the horse and he was transferred to Richard Dutrow’s barn.