Broadway Express passed away at 30
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Broadway Express - the first millionaire stallion ever to stand in Illinois - and the horse that helped put Cottonwood Farm on the map. Tonight it was still hard for us to believe that “Broadway” was 30 years old until we fully reflected on all his accomplishments, both on the track and in the breeding shed.
As a racehorse Broadway Express won 20 starts and earned $1,141,726 competing with the likes of Nihilator, Dragon’s Lair, Pershing Square, Dignatarian, Forrest Skipper and others in what was generally regarded as the finest crop of two year olds ever to have raced at that time. A superb horse on the half mile ovals, Broadway Express won the Peter Haughton Memorial at Roosevelt and the Big Apple Pace at Yonkers. Broadway Express also finished second twice in Breeder’s Crown championships – as a two year old at the Meadows, and again as a four year old at Los Alamitos.
Broadway Express enjoyed his greatest success however as a stallion at Cottonwood Farm where he stamped the Illinois breeding program like no horse ever before him, producing quality racehorses – many of them roans. Broadway Express sired World Champions and countless stakes performers. He has produced 48 $100,000 winners, 76 1:55 performers and his progeny have earned in excess of $20,000,000. Broadway Express was arguably even more successful as a broodmare sire, where his credits include 81 $100,000 winners, 172 in 1:55 and total earnings of nearly $28,000,000. A three-time Illinois Pacing Stallion of the year, Broadway Express was enshrined into the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Hall of Fame in 1998.
Broadway Express will be laid to rest at Cottonwood Farm on the little hill overlooking the track where he trained as a racehorse. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by Illinois horsemen and especially those of us who were blessed by his presence.
Marty and Terry Hunt,
Big Rock, IL