Big Brown update: Haskell on August 3rd

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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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  • http://www.thoroughbredfever.com/big-brown-update-haskell-on-august-3rd/ Stupid anonymous person

    i think he can win it without steroids, the loose shoe was a factor in the belmont and the weather probably wasn’t to his liking. I mean, who likes running in 90 degree weather? And the triple crown can take a toll on some horses, especially lightly raced ones like Big Brown. His record is five wins in six starts and just because he failed in the Belmont doesn’t mean that he’s not a good horse, so unless people have something nice to say about Big Brown they can just shush. He’s only three and has practically 22-27 years left. Give him a break. He kicked some but in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness didn’t he? And most of the horses who ran in the Belmont were fresh.

  • Carolyn Wall

    Big Brown was touted as being an intelligent horse and he proved it in the Belmont. He knew the shoe had come off and he was smart enough to say “to heck with this – I’m not risking my life to make these folks even more money.” Good for Big Brown and if he never wins another race he gave us race fans a thrill in the Derby and the Preakness. Live long and prosper, Big Brown.