Located on a farm in Palmyra NY, 20 minutes from the Finger Lakes Race Track.
Listing a yearling is a rarity for FLF, but the big, leggy, athletic, very well bred “Brownie” presents a special situation with an unusual story. And for the patient person with experience raising and training young colts, we think “Brownie” presents an extraordinary opportunity to get in at the very beginning with a guy who has great potential to turn out to be very fancy. Brownie was dropped off as a recent weanling at a farm last December, ostensibly for winter boarding. He arrived in rough, dirty, thin condition, and the owner never paid for his care. Despite not ever getting any board money, the concerned and very responsible farm owner took good care of Brownie, improved his feed and gave him vitamins to help his growth and condition, and has been working on handling him. He is now a friendly, muscular, strapping, leggy, rapidly growing yearling colt who enjoys running around his pasture– already at least 15 hands and all leg, we think he going to be a big boy, likely 16.2h+, when he matures; most of the offspring of his sire Big Brown are big athletic horses. The farm owner and her helper have taught Brownie to lead politely and to enjoy grooming and having his feet handled, picked up and picked out. He has been bridled, and recently was introduced to a saddle on his back. We were told that he has accepted every new experience well, and that he is good to handle. We observed a friendly guy who stood politely for photos and enjoyed being stroked by his handler. And who can resist that big heart shaped star on his forehead and those huge ears that he has yet to grown into! His handler encouraged Brownie to run free for a video, and he showed a lofty ground covering trot, balanced canter, smooth lead change, and a lot of speed when he cut loose to gallop. Brownie has good bone, and correct balanced conformation with a strong shoulder and hind end. He does have an enlarged effusion on his right hind ankle, from fluid leaking into the joint capsule during foaling. This is just a cosmetic blemish and does not in any way impair his soundness — as you will see from the video, he is moves soundly and very well and enjoys romping around his paddock. Brownie is by Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown (a grandson of Danzig), and he is out of Never Know, a stakes winning mare who is by Tomorrow’s Cat out of a mare by Marquetry. The owner never paid the stud fee, so unless it is paid one cannot get the stallion certificate that is required to register Brownie for racing. But that is hardly an impediment for any other discipline, including for sport horse breeding. His pedigree is full of great lines for sport/jumping: Danzig, Roberto, Conquistidor Cielo, Buckpasser, Vice Regent, Prince John, Never Bend.
The farm owner has put a lot of time and funds into Brownie even thought the owner abandoned him, and she would like to find him a great home where his potential will blossom and she can recoup some of her expenses.
Price: $2500 negotiable to an excellent home
Contact: Denise Cotone. Cell # (from early morning until around noon when she is at the track): 813-531-0662; or home land line from early afternoon through early evening, 315-210-6546 (she has no cell service at her farm)
As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.