September 11, 2009 - Family, Friends, and Fans,
We sure are proud of Brass Hat's race on Labor Day as he ran a very game second in another Graded Stakes race. Unfortunately, he was jostled around a bit at the start and came out of the race with some trauma to his left front leg. Dr. Eric French came by last night and confirmed that it is a "popped splint" and most likely caused by trauma, such as another leg hitting the outside of his leg. We decided what would be best for Brass would be to give him some well deserved time off to make sure that it is well healed before we start a winter campaign in Florida. Thanks for being such great fans and we will keep you updated on his rest and his return, Buff & Fred.
UPDATE FROM HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA (Friday, Feb. 5, 2010) – The weather on Donn Handicap Day in 2006 at Gulfstream Park was very wet and unpleasant, but Fred Bradley’s Kentucky homebred gelding Brass Hat didn’t mind at all as he splashed to a 4 ¾ lengths victory over the ‘sloppy’ track under jockey Willie Martinez for trainer William ‘Buff’ Bradley.
Brass Hat is now nine years old and back at Gulfstream this winter getting ready for another campaign if things go well, according to the trainer. Brass Hat is a son of Prized, who scored a memorable victory here in the 1989 renewal of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) for trainer Neil Drysdale.
“He breezed for the first time last Saturday (36 3/5) with Elaine Castillo,” said Buff Friday morning. “I was going to breeze him again tomorrow (Donn Day), but might wait until Sunday or later, depending on the weather. He’s been very happy since we got down here and enjoys his morning routine. He’s out at least 45 minutes every morning walking around the (barn area) before galloping with his regular exercise rider Jeff Lopez.
“We will only continue with him as long as he’s happy with what he’s doing. My dad is very patient and we never have any expectations for him. He did most of his racing going long on turf last year, which I think is more comfortable for him at his age with the pace of those races. We would like for him to run here at some point before shipping (to Kentucky), but again that will be up to him.”
Brass Hat finished a game second last out in the 12-furlong Stars and Stripes Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park on Sept. 7, beaten a half-length after consecutive third-place efforts in the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park and Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) at Saratoga. His last victory came in the Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs in May.