Monday, October 13, 2008
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown has been retired after suffering an injury during training at Aqueduct on Monday morning.
The Rick Dutrow-trained colt, who also won the Haskell Invitational and Monmouth Stakes this summer, was expected to face 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin in the $5million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on October 25.
"Big Brown has been retired," Michael Iavarone, co-owner of IEAH Stables, told www.bloodhorse.com.
"He not only tore the bulb off his foot, but half the foot was torn off. We did everything we could to get to the Breeders' Cup. It's devastating and what makes it even worse is that he worked great."
It is a bitter end for Big Brown, who looked every inch a superstar when becoming the first horse in 79 years to win the Kentucky Derby from stall 20.
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