Pimlico Special H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 9.5f ,)

INCLUDE (B h, 114 lb) $500,000
Broad Brush —Illeria , by Stop the Music
B—Mr. Robert E. Meyerhoff, MD.; O—Robert E. Meyerhoff; T—Grover G. Delp

Albert the Great (B h, 121 lb) $125,000
Go for Gin —Bright Feather , by Fappiano
B—Albert G. Clay, KY.; O—Tracy Farmer; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Pleasant Breeze (DK B/ g, 114 lb) $67,500
Pleasant Tap —Sleepy Time , by Turkoman
B—Robert E. Masterson, KY.; O—William L. Clifton, Jr.; T—H. James Bond

Margins: neck, 3¾, 6. Others: Milwaukee Brew 114($37,500) , Laredo 114($20,000) , Sergeant York (GB) 110 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

It’s time to include Robert Meyerhoff’s homebred Include with the year’s most talented older runners. The 4-year-old son of Broad Brush captured the $750,000 Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I) for his fourth stakes win of the year and his eighth victory in his last nine starts. Broad Brush, a millionaire son of Horse of the Year Ack Ack, also raced as a Meyerhoff homebred.

Trained by Grover (Bud) Delp, Include started the year at Fair Grounds and won the Whirlaway and New Orleans (gr. II) Handicaps. Sent to Maryland, he took the restricted Jennings Handicap as the 1-5 favorite at Pimlico three weeks before the Pimlico Special. In receipt of seven pounds from topweighted favorite Albert the Great in the Special, Include got up to beat that rival by a neck.

Include’s victory in the Special proved special to Meyerhoff because it helped make up for some second- and third-place finishes recorded by his runners in the rich race during the 1990s. In 1993, Meyerhoff’s homebred Valley Crossing ran second, then was third the following year. In 1995, another homebred, Concern, ran third behind winner Cigar. Three years later, Meyerhoff was third again, this time with Hot Brush.

Concern and Hot Brush also are sons of Broad Brush, and Meyerhoff can only imagine what might have happened if the Pimlico Special had been contested while Broad Brush was still in training. First run in 1937 and won by War Admiral, the “Special” was discontinued after its 1958 running, then renewed in 1988. It was too late for Broad Brush, however, because he was standing his first season at stud. Broad Brush had been one of the best runners of his generation, and as a 4-year-old in 1987 captured the Santa Anita (gr. I) and Suburban (gr. I) Handicaps, plus two grade III events. His career earnings were $2.6 million.

Include’s dam, Illeria, produced a Coronado’s Quest filly on March 4. She is in foal to Broad Brush and is boarded at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. Meyerhoff, who owns Fitzhugh Farm near Cockeysville, Md., bought Illeria (in foal to Affirmed) for $350,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Glencrest Farm, agent.

Broad Brush has sired 69 stakes winners, including additional 2001 added-money winners Nobo True (Jpn-I), Pompeii (gr. III), and District. Broad Brush stands at Graham J. Beck’s Gainesway Farm near Lexington. His open market stud fee has been determined to be $100,000 for 2001.—D.S.