This week, Reynolds' silks take the bow OWNERS 119TH PREAKNESS

May 22, 1994|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Tabasco Cat will go down in history as the first Preakness winner for Kentucky's well-known Overbrook Farm, but the colors that will spend the next year on the Pimlico weather vane are David Reynolds'.

"We flipped a coin before the Derby," said a smiling Reynolds, co-owner of the horse and a Virginian with strong ties to Maryland's breeding industry.

He and Overbrook Farm head William T. Young alternate colors when the horse runs, and Tabasco Cat went off in the Derby in Overbrook's colors.

Yesterday, the chestnut colt and jockey Pat Day wore Reynolds' purple and white silks.

The weather vane atop the Preakness winner's circle cupola is repainted after every Preakness in the colors of the victor.

"He's certainly the best horse I've ever had," Reynolds, chairman emeritus of Reynolds Aluminum and son of its founder, Richard S. Reynolds, said of Tabasco Cat.

Reynolds, 78, owns about 40 thoroughbreds, which he boards at Worthington Farms near Glyndon and Hermitage Farm near Louisville, Ky.

Worthington is owned by J. W .Y. Martin Jr., whose wife, Glennie Martin, is Reynolds' niece.

"I'm very partial to Maryland-bred horses," Reynolds said.

Tabasco Cat, bred at Overbrook, was Reynolds' first Preakness entry. His last major stakes victory at Pimlico came in 1977 with Small Raja's win in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

Young has been more active in the Preakness, running horses in the past four: Union City, Big Sur, Corporate Report and Land Rush.

The only one to finish in the money was Corporate Report, who came in second in 1991.

Last year's entry, Union City, broke down during the race and had to be humanely destroyed, a tragedy that Young said made yesterday's victory sweeter.

"We were so depressed last year. We left here as sad as we could be, and this year we're leaving on Cloud 10 or 15 or something. . . . We haven't come 180 degrees, we've come 360 degrees," Young said.

His farm, one of the elite breeding facilities in Lexington, boards Storm Cat, the father of Tabasco Cat and one of the industry's most successful active studs.

The 1,500-acre Overbrook was also home to The Minstrel when that horse left Windfields Farm, a one-time breeding powerhouse in Chesapeake City that was also home to Northern Dancer.

Tabasco Cat was by Storm Cat out of Barbicue Sauce.

Young said that Barbicue Sauce is carrying another Storm Cat foal.

4 "So maybe we'll be back. Who knows?" Young said.

Young, 77, served in the Army during World War II and then made a career in peanut butter manufacturing.

He sold his company to Procter & Gamble in 1955 and then briefly headed a division of that company that makes Jif peanut butter.

He now owns W. T. Young Storage Inc., a trucking, warehousing and frozen food distribution company in Lexington.

Among his top horses are Storm Cat, Fabrina, Storm Sta, Chapel of Dreams, Carson City, Shy Tom, Hickman Creek and Goldwater.

"This has to be the greatest thrill I've ever had," he said. "You grope for adjectives, but that's it."

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