01/22/2012 1:38AM

Blast from the past: 10+ from 1986


 I spend spare time scanning old negatives, and it's always a pleasant reminder of 'the good old days.'  Here's a variety pack of photos from Saratoga Race Course's 1986 meeting...more than 25 years ago.

Above and below: Wise Times (1983, by Mr. Leader - Trying Times, by He's a Pistol) - Wise Times, trained by Phil Gleaves, won the G1 Super Derby Invitational, G1 Haskell Invitational, G1 Travers Stakes and G3 Lexington S. - all during his three-year-old season.  He raced for three years and earned $870,103.  I think it's Sue Wagner riding, above, but I'm not certain.  I think of Wise Times every so often. I remember his being exported many years ago.  Does anyone know if he's still living?

Above and below:  Groovy (1983 - 2006, by Norcliffe - Tinnitus, by Restless Wind), champion sprinter of 1987.  Among the speedster's wins were the Grade 1 Vosburgh; the Grade 2 Tom Fool (twice), Forego (twice) and True North H.; and the Grade 3 Roseben.  He earned over $1.3 million, and won 12 of 26 starts.  

Above:  Randy Romero, in the famous Hooper Farm silks.

Above:  Pentelicus (1984 - 2002, by Fappiano - Charedi, by In Reality) - after breaking his maiden in his first start, August 10, 1986.  He became a minor stakes winner, track record setter and very successful Florida sire.


Above:  Lotka (1983, by Danzig - Kennelot, by Gallant Man).  Winner of 10 of 20 starts, $721,804.  Among her eight stakes wins is the Grade I Acorn Stakes.  Lotka is now a beloved pensioner at Our Mims Retirement Haven.

Above/below:  Woody Stephens (above, foreground, with Bill Badgett).


Above:  Classic winner Creme Fraiche (1982 - 2003, by Rich Cream - Likely Exchange, by Terrible Tiger).  64 Starts - 17 firsts, 12 seconds, 13 thirds.  $4,024,727.  Among the popular gelding's many stakes wins were seven Grade Is: the Belmont Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup (twice), Meadowlands Cup, Jerome, Super Derby and American H.  

Above:  Lady's Secret (1982 - 2003, by Secretariat - Great Lady M, by Icecapade).  Lady's Secret was the 1986 Horse of the Year, the year she won the Whitney (below) over a solid group of males such as King's Swan and Ends Well.  Winner of 25 of 45 starts, earner of over $3 million.  

Above:  Jerry Bailey reading the New York Post between races.

Above:  Broad Brush (1983 - 2009, by Ack Ack - Hay Patcher, by Hoist the Flag), after the 1986 Travers Stakes (he ran fourth - Wise Times was the winner).  27 starts, 14 wins, 5 seconds, 5 thirds.  $2,656,793.  Multiple Grade I winner and very interesting racehorse.  His most unusual performance was the 1986 Pennsylvania Derby - hard to believe he won that one after bolting under Angel Cordero, Jr. (link to race at end of blog).

Above:  Cryptoclearance (1984 - 2009, by Fappiano - Naval Orange, by Hoist the Flag) - A four-time Grade I winner, Cryptoclearance 'only' won 12 of 44 starts, but he ran second or third 17 times in many of the country's top races.  He earned $3,376,327.  Above, Cryptoclearance breaks his maiden at Saratoga under jockey George Martens.

Above:  Walter Guerra and Robbie Davis, between races.  

Above and below:  The brilliant Ogygian (1983, by Damascus - Gonfalon, by Francis S. Above, with trainer Jan Nerud.  Multiple Grade I winning sprinter, winner of 7 of 10 starts, earned $455,520.  Now a contented pensioner at Old Friends in Kentucky.

Above:  Talinum, one of my old favorites (1984, by Alydar - Water Lily, by Riverman), as a two-year-old.  Jeff Lukas on accompanying pony.  Talinum won the G1 Flamingo and he won or placed in 13 of 22 starts ($737,818).

Broad Brush's Pennsylvania Derby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mynfjuiEvyk

E More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was Sue on "Wise Times" before I read your caption, so I'm pretty sure that it is. I rode a daughter of "Lotka" (Lotta Dancing) as a two year old. Her mother remionds me of her. All your photographs are wonderful!! Thank you.
Cathy Sheppard More than 1 year ago
Always nice to see your pictures. You're THE BEST! Early mornings, a great eye, and unbelievable work ethic=YOU.
Eddie C. More than 1 year ago
My god, Jerry once had hair? Who would've thought.lol.
Ronnie Smith More than 1 year ago
Hi Bargara, Great memories! Did you get Eddie (Yo Yo ) Bernhardt on Ogygian with Jan. Eddie was still working for Todd in NY when I left in 2001.
bombayduck More than 1 year ago
Hi Barbara: WOW! A wonderful "walk through memory lane". Your pics really capture the spirit of racing and we're so thankful for your artistic touch. Keep opening us to the past, for it brings us so much pleasure. Not sure if you have anything from '77 but would bring great pleasure to many seeing the Spa's Hopeful with Affirmed and Alydar-a "hammer and tongs" match race that began then. Also Majestic Lights' Baruch @ the Spa, romp for Dinny Phipps. '77 was an incredible year(Slew!), but the Spa saw these two races, as a highlight film for the champions of those days! Best wishes- Bd
Beth Shannon More than 1 year ago
Thanks for these memory-evoking photos, Barbara! I have just given Ogygian his 'good night' carrots and neck rub. At 29 he is still muscular, hale and fit. He's been loving these days and evenings of mild weather! Looking forward to your next visit to Ky! - Beth, Old Friends volunteer.
bob m toga More than 1 year ago
hi barbara, pictures are just great. !! do you have a separate site where we can purchase any of these pictures? my wifes favorite horse of all time is broad brush and i would love to get her something.. thanks.. bob >
Frank More than 1 year ago
Very nice blast from the past photos of champions. My favorite was Broad Brush -- The big Cap -- He showed his true greatness that day which he in turned he past on in the breeding shed. Great Sire.
Celeste More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much for sharing your memories with the rest of us. Since I wasn't paying attention to racing back in the 80s (busy raising kids) I missed out on all these gorgeous horses you have photographed. Thank you for being there to provide a glimpse back for those who missed it as well as those who were there. You are the best!!
Ted More than 1 year ago
Barbara, Thank You so much. These photos brought back so many memories. Standing by the rail in the morning and watching Woody ride by and having him say good morning-as nice a person as one will ever meet. I also remember Groovy-fast, fast, fast. Thank you again