OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) - Big Brown is heading back to the grass in
preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will run in the Monmouth
Stakes on Sept. 13, his first start on grass since breaking his maiden at Saratoga last year.
Big Brown co-owner Michael Iavarone said the 1 1-8 mile race will serve as the final tune-up for the 3-year-old colt before the Classic, which will be held on a synthetic surface at Santa Anita on October 25.
Monmouth bumped the purse from $200,000 to $500,000 to lure Big Brown to the race against horses 3-and-up.
Big Brown is coming off a gritty victory in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on August 3 and has won six of his seven career starts. Big Brown dominated his only other start on grass, winning his first career start by 11¼ at Saratoga last September.