"The Big Brown-Curlin soap opera continued Aug. 13 when Jess Jackson, majority owner of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, announced he will donate $50,000 from the Jackson Curlin for Kids Fund to the non-profit Belmont Child Care Association, Anna House, if Big Brown runs in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30."
"When told of the offer, Mike Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, replied, “I have a better offer. We’ll donate $250,000 to various charities if Curlin meets us in the Breeders’ Cup. These are the things we do anyway. We strongly feel that championships should be decided at the Breeders’ Cup and that in order to give both horses the proper time to prepare for each other, we believe the race we meet in should be on racing’s biggest stage. It also would allow horses from Europe an opportunity to race against us and prove who the best horse in the world is. You’re not going to prove it in a four-horse field in the Woodward. You’re going to prove it in a full field in the Breeders’ Cup. That’s where the champions have been decided almost every year."
Last edited by gubbyz; Aug. 14, 2008 at 12:17 AM.
"To my Gub... Godspeed my friend, till we meet again." 1996-2007.
Runway (Sasha) 2009 Zweibrucker filly by Redwine.
I'm rapidly losing interest in this crap. Just STFU and race your horses in real races against other good horses, you collection of assorted idiots.
Next Tuesday the top 3yo and leading older horse in Europe will go head to head in the Juddmonte Intl at York, with a top 3yo filly among others thrown in for good measure, no running and hiding and no need for trash talking. Just racing.
I am bit shocked .. no, I take that back, as I think Michael Iavarone is a bit overly theatrical in his public posturing ... anyhow he took issue with Jess Jackson's "use of charity" to bring these two horses together. Oh come on. Give us a break!
Iavarone, speaking by phone from his office on Long Island Wednesday, said he has no plans to send Big Brown to the Spa and was dismayed that Jackson used a charity to try to entice him to run against Curlin.
"I heard about it and my phone has been ringing off the hook," Iavarone said. "I think that it's sad, that a man of his means offers $50,000 to a charity for us to come to the race. It's certainly not going to make us come. The race we are supposed to run against him is the Breeders' Cup Classic, not a four-horse field in the Woodward."
Looks like BB is too tuckered out to run again so soon
Iavarone said Big Brown, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but finished last in the Belmont, needs some rest after winning the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3.
However Iavarone did say the the Mass Cap at Suffolk Downs on Sept. 20 is possible. So Jess Jackson should just agree to that race too!
The ball back in his court, Jackson issued another news release, requesting that, with the Woodward option ruled out, Big Brown meet his horse in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. It was in this news release that Jackson ruled out Curlin’s participation in the Classic, something he had not previously done.
Again, Iavarone was unmoved, ruling out a showdown at Belmont.
“My answer is the same as it was before,” he said. “The Gold Cup is not even in our thoughts.”
There are no races on the Belmont fall stakes schedule that fit Iavarone’s plans, but he said he had been told by New York Racing Association officials that they would try to create a race to lure Big Brown back to Belmont.
Create a race? It won't be graded and without Curlin then it's nothing more then a vanity-paycheque race of which Iavarone bitched about with the Woodward:
That’s where the best horses in the world come together to decide Horse of the Year, not in the Woodward in a four-horse field.”
Maybe he needs to study the history of racing and how key the JCGP has been in years past .. in the glory days.
As to why Philadelphia would or should cough up that much for a likely small field of non-graded turf runners is beyond me. The money from the gate and wagering handle never would make up for it.
The Pa. Thoroughbred Horsemen's Assoc. President's Cup, at a mile-and-an-eighth on grass for 3-year-olds and up, has a purse of $250,000, but could be bumped up "anywhere from $500,000 to $1M," Sinatra said, if the winner of a Triple Crown race - i.e, Big Brown - starts.
I suspect further restrictions such as a very beneficial handicap would be required before BB would really show.