2nd at 5MONMOUTH S.
(T 9f , to Big Brown, defeating Shakis (IRE), Silver Tree, Fagedaboudit Sal, Hotstufanthensome, Get Serious, Nightscape, Kiss the Kid ).
A 3-year-old facing seasoned veterans for the first time, he was a boy among men. But by the wire, Big Brown stood out as the man.
A superstar on the main track, dual classic winner Big Brown was sent to the grass for his first try against his elders Sept. 13. The $500,000, 11Ú8-mile Monmouth Stakes at New JerseyÕs Monmouth Park was a stepping stone to transition the colt from dirt to a synthetic surface. The $5-million BreedersÕ Cup Classic (gr. I) will be run on Santa AnitaÕs new Pro-Ride surface Oct. 25.
Big Brown had made his racing debut on the turfÑthe eye-catching 111Ú4-length win at Saratoga was the impetus for his purchase by Michael Iavarone and Richard SchiavoÕs IEAH StablesÑbut hadnÕt seen the surface since. He proved equal to the task, digging in late to post a game neck victory.
Trained by Rick Dutrow for the partnership of IEAH, Paul Pompa Jr., Gary Tolchin, Andrew Cohen, and Pegasus Holdings Group, Big Brown was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Gary KnappÕs Monticule.
Knapp, a statistician and a firm believer in biomechanics (measurements of a horseÕs physical attributes), owns the 650-acre Monticule near Lexington with his wife, Emily. He acquired Big BrownÕs second dam, Miasma, at the 1998 Keeneland November mixed sale for $350,000. She was carrying Big BrownÕs dam, the Nureyev mare Mien, at the time.
MienÕs current yearling, a filly by Touch Gold, went through the ring on the second day of the current Keeneland September sale, but failed to meet her reserve. Knapp bought her back for $200,000 and plans to race her himself.
Knapp did sell MiasmaÕs yearling, a filly by Theatrical, at Keeneland the day after Big BrownÕs Monmouth win. She brought $140,000 from Vin Cox, agent for Patinack Farm.
A four-time grade I winner with seven wins in eight starts, Big Brown is scheduled to stand the 2009 season at Robert N. ClayÕs Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
The Danzig stallion Boundary is the sire of Big Brown and 23 other stakes winners, including three other added-money winners this year. He stood his entire career at the Hancock familyÕs Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., prior to being pensioned in 2005 due to declining fertility. The 18-year-old stallion has three registered 2-year-olds in his last crop and now resides at ClaiborneÕs Marchmont stud barn with fellow retirees Lure and Private Terms.ÑJ.W.
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