Big Brown is on his way back to the races, his next start set for the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3.
Less than two weeks after Big Brown’s Triple Crown attempt ended with an inexplicable last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, co-owner Paul Pompa Jr. said the Haskell on the Jersey Shore will mark the colt’s return.
“The race fits his style,” Pompa said Thursday. “We were disappointed after the Belmont, and we needed to regroup. We did and the Haskell is the plan.”
Big Brown has been training daily at Aqueduct Racetrack, while his poor performance in the Belmont remains a mystery to the owners and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner never seemed comfortable in the 1½-mile Belmont, and jockey Kent Desormeaux eased up with a quarter-mile remaining.