VINERY’S former champion racehorse Big Brown has wasted no time celebrating a milestone moment in his career with his first stakes win in the USA on the weekend.
Flashy chestnut Brown Almighty, already one of four winners from Big Brown first crop, led throughout to win the $50,000 Sunny Halo Stakes (1200m) at Louisiana.
Importantly for Australian breeder’s, Big Brown has sired multiple winner’s on Turf already and today’s victory was on the grass over 1500m.
Brown Almighty was forced into a duel at the top of the stretch but saw off the challenge pulling away to score with considerable authority by two and three quarter lengths and keep his undefeated record in tact.
The chestnut colt is trained by Tim Ice and is owned by Tri-Star Racing. Bred by MAP Mare Partnership #3, BROWN ALMIGHTY is out of the Gone For Real mare, Gone Goodbye. He was a $50,000 Keeneland November weanling in 2010 before changing hands again and being put in training with Ice.
Kentucky Derby winner and Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Big Brown is represented by his first crop of two-year-olds this year. He currently has four winners (three of which were debut winners) and now a stakes winner.
“Big Brown was probably the best three-year-old in the world, he did win his only start at 2 by almost 12-lens so it’s no real surprise that he is throwing talent early runner’s,” says Vinery’s Conor Phelan.
“That said, you can only expect them to improve once they turn three and get over some more ground”.
“Australian breeders selling a Big Brown at the 2013 yearling sales must be very excited about what the horse is doing early on – these are very encouraging signs.”