Big Brown to Retire at End of 3-Year-Old Season

Michael Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, clarified a story published in yesterday's Washington Post that was picked up by other publications that stated Big Brown may race as a 4-year-old. Iavarone said that although IEAH has the right to race Big Brown at 4, the colt will be retired at the end of the year.

"(John Scheineman) called me (Friday) and asked me why we're running Big Brown on the grass and I told him we always wanted to get this horse on the grass; we think he's a grass horse," Iavarone said. "So, he says, 'Is there anything in your contractual agreement with Three Chimneys that says you get a bonus if you win a stakes race on the grass?' I told him there's nothing at all in the contract that says we get any benefits if he wins any kind of race on the grass. The only thing that exists in the contract between us is that we have the right to buy out Three Chimneys' percentage if we wanted to go on and run the horse as a 4-year-old. He asked if that's going to happen, and I said that right now there's no shot of that happening, but anything can happen at IEAH. So, he wrote that we're 'entertaining thoughts of postponing Big Brown's retirement and racing him another year.'

"I just don't want anyone to get the wrong idea. When I refer to the fact that anything can happen at IEAH, if you watch what's happened over the past six months that's pretty much the way it's been. It was just a general comment. The bottom line is that the horse will be sent to Three Chimneys in December. He definitely will be retired."

Big Brown won the 1 1/8-mile Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13.

The race was designed as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic, to be run on a synthetic surface for the first time.

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