01/22/2012 12:38AM

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