Champion Big Brown, one of the most electrifying Classic winners in the modern era and a leading third-crop sire, will stand the 2015 season in New York.
A majority interest in the nine-year-old son of Boundary, the sire of nine 2014 stakes winners to date and several exciting juveniles including recent Bob Baffert-trained Santa Anita Park winner Dortmund, has been acquired by Andrew Cohen's Sunrise Stables and Gary Tolchin's Golden Goose Enterprises. Both were principals in the ownership of Big Brown during his racing career.
“In becoming the first horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) from post 20 while earning the best Ragozin number in Derby history, Big Brown showed us what an extraordinary runner he was, and his Preakness Stakes (G1) victory was just as impressive,” Cohen said. “As a sire, he has given us stakes winners at a wide variety of distances and surfaces, and he has had Grade/Group 1 runners in three countries. Some of his most successful performers have been New York-breds and/or from New York-bred connections. We believe that between Big Brown and Frost Giant, we are offering New York breeders the best stallion choices for their mares.”
Big Brown will stand his first season in New York for an introductory fee of $8,500. Sunrise and Golden Goose, which developed and stand record-breaking New York freshman sire Frost Giant, will announce the location where Big Brown will stand in the near future.
Also the winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), the Florida Derby (G1) and the listed Monmouth Stakes on grass, Big Brown amassed earnings of $3,614,500 during his racing career. He has stood his entire stud career at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky.
Currently, Big Brown is tied for second behind only Curlin among all third-crop sires in North America with his nine 2014 stakes winners, and his progeny have earned $3,342,697 this year, ranking him seventh overall among his peers. His progeny earnings would rank him fourth among all New York-based sires, with the three leaders having significantly more runners on track. Overall, Big Brown has sired 11 stakes winners in his first three crops of racing age, an additional nine stakes-placed runners and the earners of over $7,397,000.
As the only dual American Classic winner from the Danzig sire line, Big Brown offers New York breeders an exciting pedigree. He is 3×3 to the great Northern Dancer and he also is 3×4 to dual Classic winner and champion Damascus and 4×5 to champion Round Table. Bred by Gary Knapp's Monticule, he is out of the Nureyev mare Mien and is from the female family of champion Hidden Lake.
Big Brown, who shuttles to Vinery Australia for Southern Hemisphere duty, is an impressive physical specimen, possessing great balance and presence and standing 16.1 hands.
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