On Monday, Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown arrived at Belmont Park in New York for a run at history. The champion horse is set to become the first horse in thirty-years to complete the triple crown; with wins at the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont.
After this year, the colt will stand stud right here in the bluegrass at Three Chimney's Farm in Midway.
"We were thrilled, we found out Saturday," said Case Clay, President of Three Chimney's Farm. "The deal became official shortly before Big Brown won the Preakness."
Big Brown was bred just down the road at Monticule Farm in Lexington.
"It's been an unbelievable ride so far, we can't believe it," said Gary B. Knapp, owner of Monticule Farm.
This won't be the first famed horse to retire at Three Chimney's; Seattle Slew retired there and Smarty Jones still calls the farm home.
"Smarty came to us in August of 2004 and still averages about 25,000 visitors each year," said Clay.
Besides successful offspring, the farm is also hopeful Big Brown will generate similar hype, bringing thousands of people to the farm from all over the world.
IEAH Stables co-owner Michael Lavarone has said Big Brown won't race as a 4-year-old, with possible retirement shortly after the Belmont, win or lose. No official decision has been made.
Big Brown will chase the coveted triple-crown on Saturday, June 7th.