Big Brown Stud Deal Will Have to Wait

Plans to announce a stallion deal for Preakness Stakes favorite Big Brown on May 15 fell through, but discussions will continue after the second leg of the Triple Crown is run May 17.

IEAH Stables co-president Michael Iavarone told The Blood-Horse May 14 he hoped to announce a deal the following day. But May 15 he issued a statement explaining the situation.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't come to terms on a stud deal for Big Brown prior to the Preakness as we had hoped," Iavarone said. "Legal issues and time constraints proved too much to overcome, and we will revisit all options following the Preakness.

"Big Brown is training as well as ever, we expect a big effort on Saturday, and are very anxious for the race. We appreciate the great interest shown in our colt."

Big Brown, owned by IEAH and Paul Pompa Jr., is the morning-line 1-2 favorite in a field of 13 for the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Big Brown, by Boundary out of the Nureyev mare Mien, won the May 3 Kentucky Derby to remain undefeated in four career starts.

Iavarone said May 14 he believes there is no chance Big Brown will race as a 4-year-old.

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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