Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Well, I just got back from Boston. What a city! We had a great time covering the Mass Cap. I've always heard that Boston is a true sports town but to see it first hand made me a believer. They are passionate about the racing at Suffolk and it was wonderful to be in an environment where the crowd cheered as the horses came on to the track, and there was a genuine roar from the crowd when the gates sprung open for the big race.

Brass Hat was a very deserving winner of the Mass Cap. And after meeting the Bradley family, I couldn't be happier for them. Owner Fred Bradley is a true southern gentleman"...a horseman from Alabama who's passion for this sport began years ago. Son William "Buff" Bradley proved that he knows his horse and can train with the best of them. Brass Hat was entering the Mass Capp off two terrible efforts in the Woodward and the Whitney. Buff Bradley was widely quoted as saying that the horse didn't like the Saratoga track. A possibility. BUT, could he also have been feeling the effects of the trip overseas to Dubai AND the monster race he ran at Churchill when breaking a track record??? More likely. There were many questions as he went into the gate. But Brass Hat redeemed himself with his winning performance, and vindicated the words of his trainer. It was an emotional winners circle because the Bradley's knew that their horse was back. This was the real Brass Hat. The Brass Hat that they bred, foaled, and who had taken them all over the world.

An interesting story: I asked Fred Bradley how William got the nickname "Buff." He said that young William was galloping racehorses in Alabama by the age of 9. William was naturally shortened to Bill and when he began riding the tougher horses it evolved to "Buffalo Bill." The next step was just "Buff" and it stuck. Buff Bradley"...he just sounds like a horse trainer.

Congratulations Bradley Family!