Whirlaway H.

( 8.5f ,)

INCLUDE (B h, 112 lb) $75,000
Broad Brush —Illeria , by Stop the Music
B—Mr. Robert E. Meyerhoff, MD.; O—Robert E. Meyerhoff; T—Grover G. Delp

Connected (CH g, 112 lb) $25,000
Twining —Auto Dial , by Phone Trick
B—Helen Alexander, KY.; O—Alexander, Helen C. and Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust; T—David M. Carroll

Kombat Kat (B h, 113 lb) $13,750
Future Storm —Kombat Kate , by Fit to Fight
B—Luis de Hechavarria, FL.; O—Wiemer, Irvin and McLane, John; T—Steven W. Standridge

Margins: 2, ½, 2. Others: Miner's Prize 112($7,500) , Winning Connection 114($3,750) , Rebridled 113 , Barrister (IRE) 114 , Mountain Range 114 . Winning Jockey, Lonnie Meche.

After putting together four straight wins, including last year’s Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes, Include turned in a sub-par performance in the grade III Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 4 when he finished sixth. He didn’t race again until Feb. 11 when the time off paid off with a two-length win in Fair Grounds’ Whirlaway Handicap.

Barrister was favored among the eight horses headed to the post in the Whirlaway. He went off at nearly 5-2, followed by Include at 3-1. Barrister led for the first six furlongs, followed by Kombat Kat, while Include and Lonnie Meche hovered off the pace in fifth, then fourth, after a bobble at the break. In a three-wide move on the second turn, Include made his bid then moved clear of his rivals in the stretch. The winner paid $8 and covered the 81/2 furlongs in 1:44.01.

Robert Meyerhoff bred Include in his home state of Maryland. He is the third foal from Illeria to race for Meyerhoff. The second, grade III winner Magic Broad, is now a member of Meyerhoff’s broodmare band at his Fitzhugh Farm near Cockeysville, Md.

Meyerhoff purchased Illeria for $350,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Glencrest Farm, agent. The mare was carrying Serenity Jane at the time.

In addition to Include, Grover Delp has his younger full brother, Loaded Brush, at Fair Grounds. The colt still is a maiden and made his fourth start on Jan. 5 of this year. Meyerhoff also owns a 2-year-old colt from Illeria, Invent, and a yearling full brother to Include. Illeria is expected to produce a foal by Coronado’s Quest in early March, and is booked to Broad Brush.

Broad Brush has already been represented by three stakes winners this year. The Meyerhoff homebred is the sire of District, winner of the Jan. 13 Colonel Power Handicap, Include, and Nobo True, winner of the Negishi Stakes (Jpn-III). Syndicated Broad Brush stands at Graham J. Beck’s Gainesway Farm near Lexington. His fee is private.—K.J.I.