Massachusetts H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
Broad Brush Illeria , by Stop the Music
BMr. Robert E. Meyerhoff, MD.; ORobert E. Meyerhoff; TGrover G. Delp
(DK B/ g,
Sir Leon Spicy Pearl , by Bet Big
BDr. A. L. Smollin, FL.; OBarbara Smollin; TRalph Ziadie
Unbridled Wedding Vow , by Nijinsky II
BPin Oak Stud, LLC, KY.; OPin Oak Stable; TH. Graham Motion
As is the case in any “overnight success” story, Include has been working his way up racing’s rungs since his first win last year. The colt’s latest win, in the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), is his fifth straight stakes win in a row.
The streak started in February with two races at Fair Grounds, first the Whirlaway, then the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II). Next came Pimlico’s Jennings Handicap, then the big one...the grade I Pimlico Special. This is not the first time Include has put together a row of wins. After his maiden victory, which he scored last June at Laurel Park, he won three more races consecutively. The last of that string was the Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park.
Robert Meyerhoff bred and races Include, and bred and raced his sire, Broad Brush. Maryland’s perennial leading breeder, Meyerhoff acquired the dam of Include, Illeria, in 1994 for $350,000 from Glencrest Farm, agent, at the Keeneland November mixed sale. She is now a member of an impressive broodmare band that includes many mares that are both stakes winners and stakes producers.
Illeria won 10 races, three of them stakes, for Thor Eaton’s Eaton Hall Farm. Her second foal, Magic Broad, is a stakes-winning full sister to Include.
Other notable members of Meyerhoff’s broodmare band include grade I winner Fara’s Team, who produced grade I winner Concern for Meyerhoff, and stakes winners/stakes producers Alphabulous, Dynamic Star, Soviet Sojourn, and Star Minister (a daughter of Dynamic Star). Meyerhoff also owns a daughter of Hay Patcher, the dam of Broad Brush.
Meyerhoff puts his full support behind his stallions. In his foal crop of 1997, of which Include is a member, only two foals were not by Meyerhoff’s stallions Broad Brush, Concern, or Valley Crossing. By the way, that crop has four other stakes winners in it: Basic Concern, Concerned Minister, Crossatyourownrisk, and Fabulous Broad, all sired by Meyerhoff stallions.
Broad Brush has sired 69 stakes winners, four of which have won in 2001: District, Include, Nobo True, and Pompeii. Broad Brush is syndicated, but Meyerhoff still has an interest in the stallion. He stands at Graham J. Beck’s Gainesway Farm near Lexington for a $100,000 fee.—K.J.I.