Big Brown continues to win big for his handlers. The winner of the 2008 Preakness Stakes has cleared $5.2 million in earnings this season as New York’s most sought after sire. He will continue to stand at Dutchess Views Farms in Pine Plains for a $10,000 fee.
To say that it’s been a busy year for the retired horse is an understatement. He covered 138 mares throughout the season during his first year in the state of New York. This is up from his first year in retirement where he had a book of about 100 mares. In short, Big Brown has been in high demand.
It’s easy to see why. The Florida Derby winner had massive aspirations heading to Churchill Downs in 2008. Big Brown became endeared as a Triple Crown hopeful after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, before easing up in the Belmont Stakes where injuries and fatigue finally caught up with him. Rebounding well to end the year, Big Brown would go on to win the Haskell Invitational (GR1) and the Monmouth Stakes to finish his racing career.
Big Brown has continued to sire some championship contenders, such as Dortmund who won the Santa Anita Derby and San Felippe while also serving as one of the primary threats to American Pharaoh throughout this year. Despite being overshadowed for much of the season, Dortmund has raked in $1,712,480 in total winnings. There’s no doubt that the emergence of Dortmund, who remains a sight to behold, helped boost the return value of Big Brown’s stud fee.
Big Brown also sired Apollo Sonic, a horse that competed well in the heavy money of the Japanese circuit in 2013. Apollo Sonic finished third Tokyo Yush, also known as the Japan Derby, and ended his career with $921,469 in earnings.
Coach Inge ($606,177) and Kiss To Remember ($548,071) continued to compete in lower stakes races through 2015 as well, raising the demand for Big Brown.
To put the $10,000 stud fee in to perspective, American Pharaoh has recently been retired with a stud fee at a whopping $200,000. Imagine the money Big Brown be collecting if he wasn’t hurt at the Belmont Stakes.