Broadway Express, the first millionaire stallion to ever stand stud in Illinois--and the horse that helped put Cottonwood Farm on the map—died Monday night, Oct. 29, at Cottonwood Farm at the age of 30. Bred by Patrick Kelly, he was a son of Big Towner and the Bengazi Hanover mare Snowball Express.
As a racehorse, Broadway Express won 20 starts and earned $1,141,726 while competing against Nihilator, Dragon's Lair, Pershing Square, Dignatarian, Forrest Skipper and others in what was generally regarded as the finest crop of 2 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 Breeders Crown championships--as a 2 year old in the great battle between Dragon's Lair and Nihilator at The Meadows, and again as a 4 year old at Los Alamitos.
Broadway Express enjoyed his greatest success, however, as a sire at Cottonwood Farm where he stamped the Illinois breeding program like no horse ever before him, producing quality racehorses, many of them like himself, a distinctive roan color.
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 million. Two of his top performers were Broadway Preview p, 1:52.3 ($631,300) and Bingo Johnnie p, 1:51.4 ($541,559).
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 million.
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.