11/05/2014 4:43PM

Big Brown relocating to New York


Champion Big Brown, winner of the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, will relocate to New York for stud duty in 2015, standing for a fee of $8,500.

A majority interest in Big Brown has been acquired by Andrew Cohen’s Sunrise Stables and Gary Tolchin’s Golden Goose Enterprises. The 9-year-old Boundary horse previously stood at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., and he also shuttles to Vinery Australia for Southern Hemisphere breeding. His New York location will be announced in the near future, according to a release from Sunrise Stables.

Bred in Kentucky by Gary Knapp’s Monticule, Big Brown was purchased by Paul Pompa Jr. as a Keeneland April 2-year-old for $190,000 and won his debut at Saratoga later that year in his only start as a juvenile. IEAH Stables, which included Cohen and Tolchin, bought into Big Brown before he raced at 3, and he became a leading Kentucky Derby contender that spring with a win in the Florida Derby. Big Brown then won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness by open lengths, but suffered his only career defeat when eased in the Belmont. He would go on to win his final two starts – the Grade 1 Haskell and the listed Monmouth Stakes, the latter on turf – before being retired. Overall, Big Brown won seven of eight starts, with six triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, and earned more than $3.6 million.

At stud, Big Brown is represented by Group 3 winners Big Wildcat and Darwin and stakes winners Ground Transport, Kiss to Remember, Mighty Brown, Nicky’s Brown Miss, Reno Rebel, Red Sashay, and Contend. He ranks seventh on the 2015 North American third-crop sire list ranked by progeny earnings, and is tied for second among third-crop sires with nine international stakes winners.

“As a sire, Big Brown has given us stakes winners at a wide variety of distances and surfaces, and has had Grade/Group 1 runners in three countries,” Cohen said in the release. “Some of his most successful performers have been New York-breds and/or from New York-bred connections. We believe that between Big Brown and [New York sire] Frost Giant, we are offering New York breeders the best stallion choices for their mares.”

Big Brown is out of the winning Nureyev mare Mien, who has produced seven other winners, including Group 3-placed Afonso de Sousa.