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Big Brown (Kent Desormeaux) leads the field during the 57th Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (March 29, 2008) in Hallendale, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Big Brown (centre): sustained a superficial leg injury

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Big Brown to sit out Australian season

KENTUCKY Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown will sit out the 2012 southern hemisphere season at Vinery in Australia after sustaining a superficial injury to a hind leg.

The son of Boundary, who stands the northern hemisphere season at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, sustained a laceration to a hind leg which became infected, delaying the healing process. Veterinary advice has recommended against shuttling the horse, as the travel and quarantine process would not be conducive to his recovery.

"Those who've been around Big Brown for any length of time know him to be a good-natured horse, which makes him a good patient," said Three Chimneys president Case Clay. "While his initial injury didn't affect his ability to cover mares, looking out for his best interest, shuttling would not be conducive to his recovery."

Big Brown's first crop are two-year-olds this year and already include three winners; Brown Eyes Blues at Churchill Downs, Brown Almighty at Arlington Park and Ruby Brown in Russia.

He has shuttled to Vinery's base in Australia since 2010 and was set to stand this season for A$22,000.

"We are very happy for those breeders who took the opportunity to send mares to Big Brown in his first two seasons (in Australia), 130 plus each year," said Vinery's Peter Orton. "It looks like he is going to reward their support given good early results and the promise of so much more to come. We greatly look forward to Big Brown's return to Vinery in 2013."




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