Daily News Archive

Search nearly 75,000 unique Daily News articles.

Daily News Subscription

Big Brown Wins US Gr1 Haskell Invitational

Tuesday, 5th August 2008

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.

« Previous
Return to
5th August 2008 News
Next »