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Big Brown Star Turns To Dirt

Thursday, 17th January 2013

Brown Almighty (Big Brown-Gone Goodbye, by Gone For Real), who was the first stakes-winner for Vinery's US 2008 Gr1 Kentucky Derby victor & 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler Big Brown (Boundary-Mien, by Nureyev) back in August, will attempt to switch from turf to dirt on Monday when he lines up in the US$150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. The race is the first of Oaklawn's three lead-ups to the US$1 million Gr1 Arkansas Derby. Trainer Tim Ice told drf.com, "I honestly loved how he was training on the dirt up to the Breeders' Cup race at Santa Anita. And since he's been on the dirt this whole time at Oaklawn, he's trained very well. His workouts have been very good. I've put him in company a couple of times and broke him off behind a horse to let him get dirt in his face and he's handled all of that like a professional." Brown Almighty has won 2 and placed twice from 5 starts with his only unplaced run coming in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf last November. Big Brown's first Australian crop are yearlings and met with strong demand at last week's Magic Millions Gold Coast sale.

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