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Brian's Time

Brian's Time
Sire Roberto
Dam Kelley's Day
Grandsire Hail to Reason
Damsire Graustark
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1988
Country United States
Color Dark Brown
Breeder Joan (Jody) Phillips
Owner Joan (Jody) Phillips
Trainer John M. Veitch
Record 21: 5-2-6
Earnings $1,001,269
Brian's Time is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Kelley's Day by Roberto. He was born around 1988 in the United States, and was bred by Joan (Jody) Phillips.
Major wins
Florida Derby (1988)
Pegasus Handicap (1988)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1988)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 23, 2009

Brian's Time (foaled in Kentucky in 1985) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by Roberto by breeder Joan Phillips. Brian's Time was a grade one stakes winning millionaire that will be remembered most for his striking win in the Florida Derby and a solid runner-up finish to Dual Classic winner Risen Star in the 1988 Preakness Stakes.[1]


Early career

Brian's Time was a late bloomer and only raced twice as a two year-old breaking his maiden in his second attempt. The Roberto colt placed second at Gulfstream Park in a very strong field of sophomores in an allowance race in the winter of his three year-old season so his trainer John M. Veitch decided to give him a shot in the grade two Fountain of Youth Stakes. In that race he faced stakes winners and colts that had won three to five previous starts. As a maiden winner this turned out to be quite a learning experience for Brian's Time. He finished fourth in that race but came back to race in a grade one Florida Derby against ten other three year-old colts. That day he proved he was the best and won the Florida Derby over some stiff competition including Forty Niner and Notebook. Three weeks after the Florida Derby, Brian's Time placed third in the Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky.

His trainer and his owner Joan Phillips were encouraged by his Florida Derby finish and decided to enter him in the 114th Kentucky Derby in 1988. In that race, Brian's Time broke poorly and was badly out run going into the first turn being bumped several times in close quarters. Not only was he placed dead last in the field of 17 but he was forced widest of all some seven deep round the first turn. Coming out of the far turn at Churchill Downs Brian's Time closed from seventeenth place all the way to sixth place. But it was far too much and too late after being taken out of his game. Filly super star Winning Colors won that day.

Preakness Stakes

John Veitch could not dismiss his colt and his ability because of the way that he closed strong at the end of the Derby. He also had three very good excuses as to why he got behind so early (the poor break, being bumped and very wide around the turn), so Veitch decided to wheel him back in three weeks into the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Like many re-matches the three top finishers of the Derby took most of the public support in the grade one Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Brian's Time was a luke warm 7-1 at post time. Eight colts and the filly broke without any problems this time. The top two from the Derby, Forty Niner and Winning Colors shot out to the lead like it was a five furlong sprint race.

Brian's Time sat back in seventh but was much closer than he had been in any other of his prior races. Throughout the back stretch and around the far turn Forty Niner and Winning Colors continued their dog fight on the front end. At the top of the stretch a menacing Risen Star squeezed by on the rail and turned the Preakness into what looked like a romp. By the end of the race it was clear that the speed burned each other out as Risen Star finished three lengths in front of Winning Colors and 23 lengths in front of Forty Niner. But it was another strong close from the clouds under the skilled ride of Angel Cordero that had many in the crowd talking about Brian's Time. He closed from seventh to second making up nine lengths in the last furlong passing everyone except Dual Classic winner Risen Star who won by only a single length. That performance was good enough to capture the place spot and $100,000 in purse money. The Derby winner, Winning Colors held on for third, Private Terms was fourth and Forty Niner faded to seventh in the field of nine.

Later career

Later that summer Brian's Time placed third in the Belmont Stakes, won the grade two Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and finished third in the grade one Travers Stakes also at Saratoga. Late in the year Brian's Time won the grade three Pegasus Handicap run in October at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

At age four Brian's Time raced five times and managed only three third place finishes which was a far cry from his outstanding performances at age three. He finished third in the grade two Nassau County Handicap at seven furlongs at Belmont Park, third in the grade two Bernard Baruch Handicap at 1-1/8 miles on the turf at Saratoga Race Course and another third place finish in the grade one Ben Ali Handicap at Keeneland.


Brian's Time was retired after the 1989 racing season. He was sold to a breeding syndicate in Japan. Brian's Time is perennially one of the leading sires in Japan[2] Brian's Time was the sire of Japanese Triple Crown Winner Narita Brian. He won the elusive triple in 1994 and became only the sixth horse in history to win the Japanese Triple Crown which includes: the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St.Leger).



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