Preakness Notebook

Big Brown's Stud Rights Sold for $50 Million to Three Chimneys Farm

Heavily-favored Big Brown pulls away down the stretch to easily win the Preakness Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths, setting the stage for a possible Triple Crown victory at the Belmont Stakes.
By John Scheinman
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, May 18, 2008

BALTIMORE, May 17 -- On the day Big Brown won the second leg of the Triple Crown, it was announced he would stand at stud beginning next year at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., the home of the late Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

No terms of the deal were announced by the IEAH Stable ownership or the farm. The Daily Racing Form said the deal is worth $50 million.

"We have entertained a variety of flattering offers but felt Three Chimneys was the best choice for us," IEAH co-owner Michael Iavarone said in a statement. Two other horses that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- Silver Charm and Smarty Jones -- also stand at Three Chimneys.

"Three Chimneys is thrilled to have the privilege to stand a horse of Big Brown's caliber," farm owner Robert Clay said. "Having won every race he's run with such ease, I don't think we've actually seen what he's truly capable of."

Derby Drug Tests Negative

The postrace analysis of the horses in the Kentucky Derby came back negative for all 19 runners, said John Veitch, the chief steward at Churchill Downs. "They tested for about 250 drugs and all things were negative," Veitch said.

Pays to Dream Wins Dixie

The most emphatic victory on the Preakness Day card came from an unlikely source, as the 4-year-old gelding Pays to Dream won the 107th Grade II $250,000 Dixie for 3-year-olds and up on the turf.

The only other time Pays to Dream had run on a soft turf course, he had stumbled and lost his rider, Javier Castellano. On Saturday, however, Castellano stayed on, roared out of last place down the lane and drew away to win by 7 1/2 lengths at 19-1 odds.

The winner ran the 1 1/8 -mile race on a soft turf course with plenty of give in a slow 1 minute 54.74 seconds and paid $40.40 to win.

"I had a beautiful trip today, a dream trip," Castellano said. "He passed the others and went by them so easy. He really exploded. I liked the way he opened up on the field."

Starforaday Victorious

Starforaday rallied powerfully past dueling leaders under jockey Edgar Prado to win the six-furlong Grade III $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap, for 3-year-olds and up, by a neck over Suave Jazz.

The victory was the first for the 5-year-old trained by Gary Contessa since Travers Day last August at Saratoga, when he won an allowance race by three lengths at 27-1 odds.

The winning time was a fast 1:09.56.

Starforaday, at the time trained by Donna Wormser, was subsequently disqualified for a postrace positive test for clenbuterol, a bronchodilator banned on race day in New York.

Wormser was fined $1,000 and suspended for 30 days.

The horse races under the banner of Winning Move Stable, headed by Steven Sigler, whose daughter, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, portrayed Meadow Soprano in the HBO series "The Sopranos."

Roman Emperor Shines

Roman Emperor, a 3-year-old colt who fell off the Triple Crown trail after finishing 23 1/2 lengths behind Tale of Ekati in the Wood Memorial on April 5, rebounded to win the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes.

Ridden by Jeremy Rose, winning his second race on the card, Roman Emperor kept close contact with leader Da'Tara and then won a protracted stretch duel by a half-length. The winning time was a sharp 1:42.10.

Heros Reward Takes Sprint

Heros Reward, the 2007 Maryland-bred horse of the year, shined on Preakness Day for the second straight year, winning the $100,000 Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up.

Ridden by Castellano and trained at Laurel Park by Dale Capuano, Heros Reward raced five wide early in the 11-horse field and then outdueled True to Tradition in the stretch to win by a neck.

The winner ran the five-furlong race in 59.19 and paid $5.60 as the heavy favorite. Jockey Jeremy Rose, who rode the runner-up, filed an objection for interference that the stewards disallowed.

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