The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The owners of Big Brown will donate a portion of the colt's earnings from the Belmont Stakes on June 7 to start a college fund for the son of a New York policeman seriously injured in a car crash earlier this week.
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 in the paddock of Belmont Park on Friday, along with Nassau County officials and the officer's family.
"In times like this it's imperative we come together," Iavarone said. "It's time to stand up and make something good happen."
On Tuesday, Officer Kenneth Baribault was seriously injured 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.
Also attending the news conference were Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and county police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey. Iavarone and Schiavo both live on Long Island.
Big Brown jockey Kent Desormeaux, who had a serious spill in the 1990s during a race, said his family is 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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