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Big Brown-Curlin matchup could be worth $5 million

Updated: June 6, 2008, 7:23 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON, Mass. -- Suffolk Downs is offering a $5 million purse for the Massachusetts Handicap if Big Brown wins the Triple Crown and both he and Curlin go undefeated and start in the race against each other.

The $5 million would include a $1 million participation bonus for each horse.

The 1 1-8-mile race, to be run Sept. 20, currently carries a $500,000 purse. The extra money would be funded by a company controlled by Richard T. Fields, the largest shareholder of Suffolk Downs.

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