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Jackson: Meet Us in the Gold Cup Instead

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Jackson: Meet Us in the Gold Cup Instead

Jess Jackson, majority owner of Curlin, responded to the connections of Big Brown Aug. 13 after they declined an invitation to race the reigning Horse of the Year in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), challenging them instead to meet in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park. Jackson also stated the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita "is not part of my current plan for Curlin."

Jackson Issues Challenge to Big Brown

Jackson Issues Challenge to Big Brown

The Big Brown-Curlin soap opera continued Aug. 13 when Jess Jackson, majority owner of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, announced he will donate $50,000 from the Jackson Curlin for Kids Fund to the non-profit Belmont Child Care Association, Anna House, if Big Brown runs in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30.

Travers Field Begins to Take Shape

Travers Field Begins to Take Shape

According to New York Racing Association Stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes, Acai, Colonel John, Da' Tara, Harlem Rocker, Macho Again, Mambo in Seattle, Pyro, Tale of Ekati, and Tres Borrachos are probable for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

And They're Off: At Saratoga (Video)

And They're Off: At Saratoga (Video)

Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week's topics include Big Brown, an interview with Kenny McPeek, the Hall of Fame, and Lava Man.

Curlin to Make Next Start in Woodward

Curlin to Make Next Start in Woodward

Curlin will make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga, Stonestreet Stables' Jess Jackson told media members Aug. 5, but the majority owner would not commit to sending the reigning Horse of the Year anywhere after that, including the Breeders' Cup later this year at Santa Anita. Jackson also left the possibility open that Curlin could race next year, saying the chances were "pretty slim, but not foreclosed."

Big Brown Arrives at Monmouth Park

Big Brown Arrives at Monmouth Park

Big Brown arrived quietly on the Monmouth Park backstretch at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 and settled into trainer Rick Dutrow Jr.'s barn as he gets ready for a major test in the $1-million Haskell Invitational Presented by Vonage (gr. I).

That Handicapping Show: July 31 (Video)

That Handicapping Show: July 31 (Video)

Hosted by Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra, "That Handicapping Show" is a weekly video show dedicated to horse players. This week, Jason and Tom take a look at the West Virginia Derby. Plus, picks from Cary Fotias of Equiform.

Big Brown to Run for ReRun in Haskell

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Big Brown to Run for ReRun in Haskell

ReRun announced that owners IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr. will have Big Brown participate in the organization's "Running for ReRun" charity at the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 3.

Dutrow Back in the Flow

Dutrow Back in the Flow

Dutrow speaks. Following a brief hiatus, in which he remained pretty much cloistered within the walls of his Aqueduct domain, Rick Dutrow finally has ended his vow of virtual silence and made his voice once again heard via an NTRA teleconference Tuesday.

Desormeaux Gets Win 5,000

Desormeaux Gets Win 5,000

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux reached a historic milestone at Saratoga Race Course July 27 when he guided Gumpster Stables' Bella Attrice to win the seventh race and notch his 5,000th career victory.

Big Brown in Sharp Work for Haskell

Big Brown in Sharp Work for Haskell

Big Brown continues to step it up in the mornings, working five furlongs in :59 1/5 at Aqueduct Sunday in company with True Dancer. It was the colt's fourth work since the Belmont Stakes, with each one a big improvement over the previous one.

Big Brown Heads List of Haskell Invitees

Big Brown Heads List of Haskell Invitees

A total of 33 horses have been invited to the 41st running of Monmouth Park's $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown expected to head the field in the 1 1/8-mile event Aug. 3.

'The Bull Rules Again in Smile Sprint

'The Bull Rules Again in Smile Sprint

They are running out of superlatives for IEAH Stables and partners' Benny the Bull, as the nation's top sprinter again unleashed his devastating turn of foot in the stretch to run right by the leaders in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) July 12 at Calder Race Course. The 5-year-old son of Lucky Lionel won by two lengths under Edgar Prado.

Big Brown's Belmont Drug Tests Negative

Big Brown's Belmont Drug Tests Negative

Dr. George Maylin, the director of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board drug testing and research program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said the post-race test results on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite Big Brown came back "clean" for any illegal medications.

Dutrow Responds to Suspension

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Dutrow Responds to Suspension

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. addressed the media at his own request June 27 outside his Aqueduct barn to set the record straight on his 15-day ban in Kentucky for an overage of the bronchial dilator, clenbuterol, in Salute the Count, the runner-up of the Aegon Turf Sprint (gr.III) at Churchill Downs May 2.

Brown Ran Race With Dislodged Shoe

Brown Ran Race With Dislodged Shoe

Each day brings new entries in the "Brown Shoe Diaries." The latest photos from the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) reveal Big Brown was stepped on by Guadalcanal leaving the gate, and that the shoe did not re-set itself during the race as previously thought; the colt ran the entire way with the shoe dislodged and the nail protruding from it.

Two Looks at Big Brown's Shoe Issue

Two Looks at Big Brown's Shoe Issue

Mike Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, had a strong reaction to a photo that showed the back of Big Brown's right hind shoe, which had been put on the morning of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), dislodged from his hoof shortly after the start of the race. Trainer Rick Dutrow, however, does not believe the shoe was a major issue.

IEAH Stables Adopts No-Drug Policy

IEAH Stables Adopts No-Drug Policy

IEAH Stables has taken the first bold step in securing a no-drug policy in racing by announcing Monday that all its horses starting Oct. 1 will race without any medication, with the exception of Lasix, which trainer Rick Dutrow asked that they exclude because several of his horses are bleeders and require Lasix to race.

Industry on Notice at Start of Hearings

Industry on Notice at Start of Hearings

Members of a Congressional subcommittee looking into practices of the horse racing and breeding industries began a hearing June 19 with warnings that they need to get their house in order to ward off government involvement.

Racecar Rhapsody Sold; Headed to Dubai?

Racecar Rhapsody Sold; Headed to Dubai?

Racecar Rhapsody, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat who ran fourth to Big Brown in the Preakness (gr. I), was scratched from the seventh race at Churchill Downs June 18 after the colt was purchased by new owners.

Congress Calls June 19 Hearing on Racing

Congress Calls June 19 Hearing on Racing

The United States House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing -- "Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse" -- for June 19 in Washington, D.C.

Haskin Belmont Wrap: Why Down on Brown?

Haskin Belmont Wrap: Why Down on Brown?

This is not about Rick Dutrow or Kent Desormeaux or Michael Iavarone. They've been beaten up enough. This is mostly about the victim many people seem to have forgotten: Big Brown, who has fallen out of favor quicker than Roger Clemens. The question is: why?

Dutrow, Desormeaux Meet, Mend Fences

Dutrow, Desormeaux Meet, Mend Fences

Trainer Rick Dutrow's initial displeasure over Kent Desormeaux's ride aboard Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr.I) had abated quite a bit the morning of June 11, after he met with the Hall of Fame jockey. Dutrow said Desormeaux, who eased Big Brown at the top of the stretch in the Belmont, would have the mount when the colt races again.

Curlin Expected to Make Stephen Foster

Curlin Expected to Make Stephen Foster

Trainer Steve Asmussen was none too pleased with the 128-pound impost assigned to 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin for his expected bid in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Still, after a half-mile breeze in :49 seconds by the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner June 9, Asmussen indicated the horse would start in the 1 1/8-mile event.

94,476 Attend Belmont; Handle Soars

94,476 Attend Belmont; Handle Soars

The New York Racing Association reported that 94,476 were on hand under sunny skies on a sweltering day at Belmont Park June 7 to witness yet another Triple Crown upset, with longshot Da' Tara going wire to wire in the 140th Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The victory ended heavily favored Big Brown's attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Da' Tara Springs Upset; Big Brown Eased

Da' Tara Springs Upset; Big Brown Eased

The world awaited a delivery from Big Brown, but in a shocker it was 38-1 longshot Da' Tara who won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), taking the "Test of the Champion" in wire-to-wire fashion June 7 as the horse seeking to win the Triple Crown was eased past the wire.

NYRA Nixes Hooters Deal

NYRA Nixes Hooters Deal

Kent Desormeaux will not wear the Hooters patch on his pants when he rides Big Brown postward in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The New York Racing Association refused to approve the endorsement deal June 6, citing a "conflict of interest" between Belmont Park sponsors, which include UPS and NetJets.

Belmont Doings: Brownie Points

Belmont Doings: Brownie Points

This is going to be short and sweet. There is not much room for statistical analysis or basing any conclusions on works. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) is all about Big Brown and how he is going to handle the final leg of the Triple Crown.

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