Big Brown's Paycheck to Help Injured Cop's Son

Owners to start fund for 6-year-old boy
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2008 11:27 AM CDT
Big Brown's Paycheck to Help Injured Cop's Son
Richard Dutrow Jr., trainer for Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, answers questions for the media at Belmont Park, Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in Elmont, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – When Big Brown makes a run for the history books in the Belmont next month, he'll also be racing for the son of a seriously injured Long Island police officer. The horse's owners have pledged a portion of their Belmont earnings to Christopher Baribault, 6, whose dad, Kenneth, was hit by an alleged drunken driver Sunday, reports Newsday.

Michael Iavarone, one of the thoroughbred's owners, said the donation will "secure the security" of Baribault's son "for the rest of his life." He declined to say how much would be donated, but a first-place finish in the Belmont pays $620,000. Iavarone also hinted there could be more contributions than just a piece of the colt's Belmont check. (Read more Big Brown stories.)

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