LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - If horse racing's two stars are going to
meet, it won't be at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York.
Michael Iavarone, co-owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness
winner Big Brown, said Wednesday he has no plans to enter his colt
in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 30 despite an invitation
from Jess Jackson, the majority owner of 2007 Horse of the Year
Jackson offered to donate $50,000 to charity if Big Brown takes
on Curlin in 1 1/8-mile Woodward on the dirt. Jackson's invitation
comes after Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow said he thought Big Brown
could beat Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on
Jackson, though, has been noncommittal about Curlin defending
his title in the Classic, which will be run on a synthetic surface
for the first time.
Big Brown is coming off a tough win in the Haskell Invitational
on Aug. 3, and Iavarone said the colt needs time to regroup.
Last week, Jackson announced Curlin's next start would be in the
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