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2008 Kentucky Derby Winner Big Brown Retired
Meanwhile in the US overnight, IEAH Stables co-owner Michael Iavarone announced this year's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Preakness Stakes-winning 3YO colt Big Brown (Boundary-Mien, by Nureyev) has been retired after suffering an injury to his foot during a workout at Aqueduct. Iavarone told bloodhorse.com: "He not only tore the bulb off his foot, but half the foot was torn off. We did everything we could to get to the Breeders' Cup. It's devastating. And what makes it even worse is that he worked great." 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 winning 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. In his only defeat, jockey Kent Desormeaux controversially eased the 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 the Gr1 Belmont Stakes (12 furlongs) at Belmont Park in New York on June 7. Big Brown then returned for further victories in the Gr1 Haskell Invitational (9 furlongs) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey on August 3 & Listed Monmouth Stakes (9 furlongs on turf) on September 13. Overall Big Brown earned US$3,314,500 prize-money in 7 wins from 8 starts. IEAH & partners had already announced a deal for Big Brown to begin his stud career in 2009 at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.