Big Brown: the Kentucky Derby hero will stand at $65,000 in 2009PICTURE: Getty Images
Big Brown stud fee set
THREE Chimneys Farm has set Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's stallion fee at $65,000 for 2009.
It was announced in October, two weeks before an intended showdown with Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic, that Big Brown had injured his off-fore leg in a piece of work at Aqueduct racecourse.
His majority owner, IEAH Stable, took the decision not to race the colt at four and instead send him straight to Three Chimneys, who had negotiated the rights to stand Big Brownearlier this year.
Big Brown was victorious in four races at the highest level, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, which he won by an aggregate of over 10 lengths.
Three Chimneys has also released fees for the other stallions on its roster.
Lewis Michael, another new addition to the farm in 2009, will stand at $12,500.
Sky Mesa, sire of this season's Grade 1-winning juvenile filly Sky Diva, has had his fee doubled from $15,000 to $30,000.
The fee for Dynaformer, sire of the John Gosden-trained Group 1 winners Lucarno and Rainbow View, has been left unaltered at $150,000.
Exchange Rate ($25,000) and Point Given ($15,000) will also stand at the same fee in 2009 as this year.
Fees for every other stallion have been reduced. Rahy is down from $60,000 to $50,000; War Chant has been cut from $20,000 to $15,000; Yes It's True has been reduced from $35,000 to $22,500; Flower Alley has been adjusted downwards from $25,000 to $20,000; and Good Reward has had a third knocked off his fee, from $15,000 to $10,000.
Smarty Jones, whohas stood at $100,000 since retiring to stud, has been listed as "private" in 2009.