BRILLIANT filly Shades of Sugar led a jubilant holiday period in the USA last weekend ushering in a new stakeswinner, another stakes placegetter and the 36th individual winner for booming sire Big Brown.

A first crop daughter of her Vinery shuttle sire, Shades of Sugar has started odds-on at every start winning three of her four outings by huge margins including two separate 8-lens walkovers at Santa Anita on the west coast and Finger Lakes across the continent in New York.

Her nearly 6-lens victory only days ago in the Niagara Stakes L (1200m) has positioned her a genuine up and coming star filly in North America and strengthen Big Brown’s reputation as one of the most acclaimed young sires on the world radar.

Shades of Sugar becomes Big Brown’s third first crop Stakes winner in what is fast becoming a standout crop.

Shades Of Sugar’s heroics was backed up almost immediately by another Stakes placing for Big Brown’s stakeswinning filly Bella Castani on Monday.  Bella Castani has so far won two of her five outings highlighted by the Tweedside Stakes L at Belmont Park last month.

Not to be outdone this week, Big Brown’s 36th `new’ winner came at the same venue when the Kentucky bred 3YO King Balthasar outgunned his rivals to quickly shed his maiden status whilst a double was achieved with Brown Eyes Blue scoring her second win in six starts the same day.

Big Brown’s unparalleled achievements on the racetrack forged him a global reputation as a racehorse, now the grandson of Danzig is making his name as an international sire.

He has already sired winners in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan where one of his sons, Apollo Sonic, was placed in the Group 1 Japan Derby in May.  Big Brown has had four starters in Japan for four individual winner’s.

Big Brown’s weanling’s and yearling’s have always been the subject of intense interest and this was the case again when the sole Big Brown weanling (Lot 343 – pictured) at today’s JHRA Select Sale in Japan sold for A$217,371.  WATCH PARADE VIDEO HERE

Fifteen Big Brown’s were sold at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January 2013 for a total of $1.46m at an average of just under $100,000.


Big Brown is due to arrive at Vinery in late August having missed last season to injury. Big Brown will stand the 2013 season at $22,000 inc GST.