INJURY ENDS BIG BROWN’S CAREER

AP – Big Brown’s racing career ended yesterday when the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner injured his right front foot during a workout at Aqueduct Race Course in New York.

Michael Iavarone of IEAH Stables, co-owners of Big Brown, said the 3-year-old colt tore a 3-inch piece of flesh off the foot after it collided with his right rear foot while working over Aqueduct’s turf course.Iavarone said the injury would take approximately two months to heal, making it impossible for Big Brown to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct.25 at Santa Anita Park. With the strapping bay due at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., by the end of the year to begin his stud career, Iavarone said there isn’t enough time to get Big Brown back on the track.

“We don’t have a choice but to retire him,” Iavarone said. “It’s gut-wrenching.”

Iavarone watched Big Brown complete the six-furlong workout and thought his horse was ready to challenge reigning Horse of the Year Curlin in the Classic until he saw trainer Rick Dutrow’s face.

“It looks like he grabbed himself in a bad spot,” said Dutrow, a Hagerstown native.

Big Brown will spend several weeks in New York recovering. The injury caps a brilliant career for Big Brown, who won seven of eight starts, including the Derby and the Preakness, and earned $3.6 million.

(AFP/File/Stan Honda)