Tuesday, October 14, 2008
BIG BROWN OUT OF BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. confirmed that IEAH Stable’s and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown will not run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on October 25 after he sustained an injury during a workout this morning.
“It looks like he grabbed his hoof in some kind of way,” Dutrow said after Big Brown, the nation’s top three-year-old, returned from Aqueduct’s firm turf course, where he worked six furlongs with defending Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Kip Deville in 1:12.93, breezing. “It is his right-front foot. It happened during the workout. He will not run in the Breeders’ Cup. I’m not sure about the rest of the year.”
In the Belmont, he was pulled up by jockey Kent Desormeaux, but Big Brown’s connections insisted that it was not the quarter-crack that was the cause.
Big Brown then came back to win the Grade 1Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, where he had to rally to catch Coal Play for a 1 ¾-length victory on the main track on August 3, and also the nine-furlong Monmouth Stakes on September 13, where he met older horses for the first time, lead all the way and defeated Proudinsky by a neck on the turf.
Michael Iavarone of IEAH Stable will be on an NTRA media teleconference at 2 p.m. today. For information on the teleconference, contact Joan Lawrence at (646) 335-6833.
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