10/31/2008 12:00AM

Big Brown stud fee set at $65K


Three Chimneys will stand Big Brown for $65,000 when the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner enters stud at the Midway, Ky., farm in 2009.

The farm also will debut Grade 2 winner Lewis Michael, who retired this week, at $12,500.

Only one stallion on the Three Chimneys stallion roster receives a fee raise for 2009. That is Sky Mesa, who goes from $15,000 to $30,000. Sky Mesa's 2008 stakes winners include Grade 1 Frizette winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies third Sky Diva and graded winners Storm Mesa, Terrain, and Skylighter.

Five of the farm's 12 stallions will have reduced fees in 2009. They are Flower Alley, $20,000; Good Reward, $10,000; Rahy, $50,000; War Chant, $15,000; and Yes It's True, $22,500. Smarty Jones moves from $100,000 to a private fee in 2009.