Big Brown

Big Brown

Anne M. Eberhardt

Sunrise Stallions Sets 2017 Fees

Big Brown's fee to be $7,500; Frost Giant $5,000

Sunrise Stallions near Pine Plains, N.Y., released its stud fees for 2017. Big Brown  will stand for $7,500 and Frost Giant  will stand for $5,000. Sunrise will offer Frost Giant’s full brother, Heavy Breathing (Giant's Causeway —Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West), for a fee of $2,500. Heavy Breathing’s first crop hits the track next year.

Heavy Breathing stands alongside Big Brown at Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y., while Frost Giant stands at Keane Stud near Amenia.

Big Brown (Boundary—Mein, by Nureyev) is coming off a strong season in which his grade I-placed daughter Kiss to Remember won Churchill Downs’ Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 5 prior to selling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $500,000. Big Brown’s multiple grade I-winning son Dortmund ran second to California Chrome  in Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap (gr. II) this summer.

The progeny of Big Brown—the only Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner to stand in New York other than Spectacular Bid in the twilight of his career—have earned more than $3.28 million in 2016. Ranked fourth for the season among New York-based sires after ranking as the state’s top sire in 2015, Big Brown has sired 16 black-type winners.

Frost Giant is the state’s leading sire of 2-year-olds, with more than $575,000 in earnings. Among his 13 winners is black-type winner Bobby On Fleek. Frost Giant’s number of 2-year-old winners this season is almost twice as many as second-ranked Bellamy Road, who moved to New York from Kentucky this year.

“Both Big Brown and Frost Giant have proved they can sire top runners who can earn New York breeders substantial returns on their investment through New York’s nationally leading breeding incentive program,” said Sunrise Stallions business manager Eric Bishop. “We want to encourage breeders to take part in New York’s extremely attractive program by offering our stallions at exceptionally competitive fees.”