BALTIMORE, OCT. 13 -- Broad Brush, Maryland's horse of the year in 1986 and a lifetime winner of $2.6 million, has been retired to stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Owner Robert E. Meyerhoff, a real estate executive from Phoenix, Md., said Broad Brush has recovered from stretched sesamoid ligaments, a prinicipal reason the 4-year-old raced only nine times in 1987 (but still won $1.2 million).

Meyerhoff said he retired Broad Brush largely because of prohibitive weight assignments in the nation's top handicap races, which comprise many of the stakes for older horses.

"Up until a week or two ago, I was still considering putting him back into training," Meyerhoff said. "But the next big race would have been the Santa Anita Handicap {next March}, and he would have carried top weight again.

"I never realized how restrictive this handicap situation is. Everyone complains when the big horses are retired early, but when you want to run, they put all this weight on you. There's no appeal to that system; the only choice you have is not to run."

The weight disparity was best exemplified in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park May 25, in which Broad Brush was assigned 128 pounds; he finished third, three-quarters of a length behind winner Gulch, who carried 110. In the Whitney Handicap, Broad Brush conceded 14 pounds in running third to Java Gold.

Meyerhoff said he did not nominate Broad Brush for the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 21 -- which features weight-for-age conditions -- because he did not know whether the colt would be recovered from his injury. It now would cost him $360,000 to run Broad Brush as a supplemental entry. "I wouldn't even know if the horse was in shape to run," Meyerhoff said.

Despite his restricted campaign, Broad Brush is favored to win the Eclipse Award as the nation's top older horse. In nine starts this season, he had four wins -- including the Santa Anita and Suburban handicaps -- two seconds and three thirds. He won 14 of 27 career races.

Meyerhoff said Broad Brush arrived at Gainesway Farm last Wednesday, but he declined to disclose stud fees or prospective mares.

With no racing today at Belmont Park, New York's Jose Santos came to Pimlico to ride Cameo Type for trainer Carlos Garcia in a $20,000 allowance feature. Off a victory in the World Appeal Stakes at the Meadowlands, Cameo Type was favored, 4 to 5, to defeat seven other 2-year-olds today, but he only beat six. Roberto's Dancer broke from Post 1 and led from start to finish.

Jeff Lloyd, astride Roberto's Dancer for the first time, said, "I didn't plan on going to the front because the {turf course} hasn't been complimentary toward speed. I was going to sit four or five lengths back, but he broke so well and I wanted to use my position into the first turn."

The split-second decision was worth $12,000; Roberto's Dancer, trained by Ross Pearce for Buckland Farm, cruised to a two-length lead through the first turn and down the backstretch. He tired considerably in the stretch -- running the final quarter-mile in 26 3/5 seconds -- but had enough to hold off Cameo Type by a half-length, finishing a mile in 1:36 2/5. Mister Modesty was third.