Broad Brush

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Broad Brush
SireAck Ack
GrandsireBattle Joined
DamHay Patcher
DamsireHoist The Flag
FoaledApril 16, 1983
CountryUnited States
BreederRobert E. Meyerhoff
OwnerRobert E. Meyerhoff
TrainerRichard W. Small
Record27: 14-5-5
Major wins
Inner Harbor Stakes (1985)
Meadowlands Cup (1986)
Wood Memorial (1986)
Jim Beam Stakes (1986)
Pennsylvania Derby (1986)
Ohio Derby (1986)
Federico Tesio Stakes (1986)
General George Handicap (1986)
Santa Anita Handicap (1987)
Suburban Handicap (1987)
John B. Campbell Handicap (1987)
Trenton Handicap (1987)
Leading sire in North America (1994)

Broad Brush (April 16, 1983 – May 15, 2009) was an American thoroughbred racehorse foaled in Maryland. He was by the Hall of Fame stallion Ack Ack out of the Hoist The Flag mare Hay Patcher.

Bred and owned by Robert E. Meyerhoff and trained by Richard W. Small, Broad Brush won a number of stakes races at age two before being prepped for the 1986 Kentucky Derby.

Three-year-old season[edit]

At age three, Broad Brush won a number of stakes races, including the Inner Harbor Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, the grade two Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park, the grade one Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, the grade three Federico Tesio Stakes (also called the "Preakness Trial") at Pimlico, the grade two Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park, the grade two Ohio Derby at Thistledown, and the grade two Meadowlands Cup. The Pennsylvania Derby win was notable for Broad Brush bolting to the outside rail on the final turn, seemingly costing him the race as several competitors passed him. Jockey Angel Cordero, Jr gathered the colt and directed him along the outside rail to pass his rivals late in the stretch for the win.

Broad Brush also placed third in two of the most coveted races in the country in the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, showing in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He finished a close third behind Ferdinand two lengths back and Bold Arrangement (by a head) in the grade one Kentucky Derby in 1986 in a field of 16 colts. Broad Brush also was third as the local Maryland favorite in the $1,000,000 grade one Preakness Stakes behind eventual Eclipse Award winner Snow Chief and Derby champ Ferdinand. Snow Chief was named the American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse in large part due to his Preakness win.

Four-year-old season[edit]

At age four, Broad Brush won some of the most prestigious races in the handicap division, including the $1,000,000 grade one Santa Anita Handicap and the grade one Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. He placed second in the Massachusetts Handicap and Grade I San Fernando Stakes, and he was third in the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap, Grade I Strub Stakes, and Grade I Whitney Handicap.


After his retirement in April 1988, Broad Brush became a very successful sire, being awarded Leading sire in North America for 1994. He was one of the leading draws for Gainesway Farm's Kentucky breeding operation and was ranked in the top 10 leading sires for four straight years. His progeny include the stakes-winning Concern, Include, Farda Amiga, Hesanoldsalt, Nobo True, Best Of Luck, the Japanese champion mare Broad Appeal, Justenuffheart (dam of the champion filly Dreaming of Anna) and Arlucea (dam of 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned). Broad Brush was pensioned in 2004 and was euthanized on May 15, 2009.


Pedigree of Broad Brush, bay stallion, foaled April 16, 1983[1]
Ack Ack
bay 1966
Battle Joined
b. 1959
b. 1949
Fighting Lady
Ethel Walker
b. 1953
Ethel Terry
Fast Turn
b. 1959
b. 1951
Royal Charger
Source Sucree
Cherokee Rose
b. 1951
The Squaw II
Hay Patcher
bay 1973
Hoist The Flag
b. 1968
Tom Rolfe
b. 1962
Wavy Navy
b. 1954
War Admiral
Turn to Talent
b. 1963
b. 1951
Royal Charger
Source Sucree
Hidden Talent
b. 1956
Dark Star
Dangerous Dame (family: 21-a)

Broad Brush is inbred 3x3 to Turn-to, meaning this stallion appears twice in the third generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ ""Broad Brush pedigree"". Equineline. Retrieved July 17, 2017.