Big Brown to help policeman's family

May 23, 2008 1:24:36 PM PDT
The owners of Big Brown will donate a portion of the colt's earnings from the Belmont Stakes to start a college fund for the son of a New York policeman seriously injured in a car crash.Michael Iavarone and Richard Schiavo, co-presidents of IEAH Stables, the majority owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, attended a news conference Friday in the paddock of Belmont Park on Friday, along with Nassau County officials and the officer's family.

Officer Kenneth Baribault was seriously injured Tuesday after police said a drunken driver with a suspended license crashed into his cruiser. Baribault, 30, remains hospitalized after the crash on the Long Island Expressway.

"In times like this, it's imperative we come together," Iavarone said. "It's time to stand up and make something good happen."

Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux, who had a serious spill in the 1990s during a race, said his family was praying for Baribault.

"This hits close to home for us," Desormeaux said. "I want to thank the family for their strength in being here today because through the exposure of this situation they are going to open the doors to a lot of prayer."

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