12/01/2004 1:00AM

Broad Brush pensioned at 21


Broad Brush, whose progeny includes 2002 champion 3-year-old filly and Kentucky Oaks winner Farda Amiga, has been pensioned at Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., the farm announced Wednesday. An son of Ack Ack out of Hay Patcher, Broad Brush is 21 and had shown decreasing fertility.

A homebred for Robert Meyerhoff, Broad Brush won four Grade 1 races: the 1986 Wood Memorial and Meadowlands Cup, the 1987 Suburban Handicap, and, most famously, the 1987 Santa Anita Handicap, in which he prevailed over 1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand, after a grueling stretch run. Broad Brush retired at age 4 with a lifetime race record of 14-5-5 from 27 starts and $2,656,793 in earnings. He won 12 stakes, nine of them graded.

During his long stud career, Broad Brush became known for his tough, classy runners. In 1994, he led all North American stallions by progeny earnings. He sired five millionaires, led by Farda Amiga but also including the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Concern. From 16 crops - 14 of which have reached the races - Broad Brush has sired 84 stakes winners and has progeny earnings of $59,098,331.