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Big Brown: the son of Boundary has his first foals on the ground this spring

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Big Brown to shuttle to Vinery Australia

KENTUCKY Derby hero Big Brown, whose first crop of foals are arriving this spring, will shuttle to Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley, Australia, for the southern hemisphere breeding season.

Vinery has secured what it calls "a significant shareholding" in the son of Boundary, who is currently covering his second book of mares at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.

Big Brown won his debut at two by 11 and a quarter lengths and established himself as the leading North American three-year-old of 2008 with easy victories in the Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, as well as a score in the Haskell Invitational.

Vinery Stud's Peter Orton said: "He was the most superior racehorse of his generation, showing a devastating turn of foot to dominate the best horses in the land.

"Even more appealing to us is his pedigree, bred to run on turf yet brilliant enough to beat the best on their terms on dirt. What might this horse have achieved in Europe running in the classics there as well?

"After inspecting the stallion last week, I'm delighted to say he exceeded my expectations on conformation and his suitability to the Australasian style of racehorse. He stands just on 16.1 hands, possesses a particularly kind temperament and handles himself in the covering barn like a real professional."

Big Brown was bred in Kentucky at Dr Gary Knapp's Monticule operation out of the Nureyev mare Mien. His fee in America this year is $55,000, and his southern-hemisphere fee will be announced in due course.

 

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