The name Big Brown comes from the nickname of the United Parcel Service; the shipping company was a client of one of the horse’s owners, Paul Pompa, Jr… The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. Seattle Slew (1977) and Secretariat (1973) also won the prize in the 1970s, but there were no Triple Crown winners in the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s or 1990s… Funny Cide (in 2003) and Smarty Jones (in 2004) both won the first two legs of the Triple Crown but got beat in the Belmont Stakes… Big Brown is the son of the sire Boundary and the dam Mien.
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