The Big Brown connections are beginning to map out a plan to get the Derby-Preakness winner to the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita (October 25th), and his post Triple Crown season is expected to start in the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park on August 3rd.
Originally, Big Brown was expected to try for Grade 1 Travers (August 23rd) glory at the Spa this summer, but following his Belmont day meltdown, cooler heads have prevailed.
The thinking is that the heat and humidity will be less of a factor at the Jersey Shore resort track, and the speed conducive nature of the Monmouth oval should also help the son of Boundary.
Also, his connections will get a $100k bonus for running in the Haskell, which is directly tied to Big Brown’s two Triple Crown series wins. Since the Haskell is a $1 million race, a decent payday could be forthcoming.
Nothing has been decided after the Haskell, but Rick Dutrow and company will have twelve weeks before the Classic…and plenty of options. A race over synthetic ground would make sense.
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