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Big Brown Wins US Gr1 Haskell Invitational
In the US, this season's dual classic-winning colt Big Brown (Boundary-Mien, by Nureyev) rebounded from last start's shock defeat (& only loss in 7 starts) with a 1.75-lengths victory in the US$1 million Gr1 Haskell Invitational (9 furlongs) for 3YOs at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Big Brown (ridden by Kent Desormeaux for trainer Richard Dutrow) defeated front-running fellow colt Coal Play (Mineshaft-Wiscasset, by Kris S) & stable-mate colt Cool Coal Man (Mineshaft-Coral Sea, by Rubiano). At his previous start in the Gr1 Belmont Stakes (12 furlongs) on June 7, Desormeaux controversially eased previously unbeaten hot favourite Big Brown in the straight & subsequently told officials he "had no horse turning for home" before 94,476 incredulous fans in sweltering 96-degrees Farenheit heat at Belmont Park in New York. Prior to that disaster, Big Brown won both the Gr1 Kentucky Derby (10 furlongs) by 4.75-lengths at Churchill Downs on May 3 & Gr1 Preakness Stakes (9.5 furlongs) by 5.25-lengths at Pimlico on May 17. Kentucky-bred Big Brown was originally sold as a yearling for US$60,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale & then resold for US$190,000 at the 2007 Keeneland April sale of 2YOs-in-training. He won by 11.25-lengths on debut in a turf race at Saratoga last September & then scored by a similarly impressive 12.75-lengths in a 1-mile allowance race in his initial 3YO race on March 5. At his 3rd start he notched a 5-lengths victory in the Gr1 Florida Derby (9 furlongs) at Gulfstream Park on March 29, prior to his Gr1 Kentucky Derby triumph. Overall Big Brown has now earned US$3,314,500 prize-money. He is due to begin his stud career in 2009 at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.