VETERAN BRASS HAT SHARP IN FINAL DRILL FOR LOUISVILLE - 19 June 2009
Fred Bradley's millionaire Brass Hat turned in a strong five-furlong work Friday morning over a fast Churchill Downs main track under Calvin Borel as he prepared for his next start.
"He went in 59 and 3 and out (six furlongs) in 1:12 and 4," trainer William "Buff" Bradley said of the move that was the second fastest of 22 at the distance. "Calvin said he was hitting the ground good."
The work was the second for Brass Hat since he won the Louisville Handicap (Grade III) on May 23. Brass Hat had worked five furlongs last Saturday in 1:00.40.
After the Louisville Handicap victory, Bradley sent Brass Hat to the family farm in Frankfort for a week off. "He came back real good after the break," Bradley said. "Usually after he runs, he goes right to the farm so we can let him be a horse for a while."
The $750,000 United Nations Handicap (Grade I) at Monmouth Park at 1 3/8 miles on the turf on July 4 is one target Bradley is looking at for Brass Hat, who now has earned $1,892,360.
"We are leaning that way or the race a week later at Chicago," Bradley said, referring to the $200,000 Arlington Handicap (Grade III) at 1 ¼ miles on the turf. "We have to make a decision soon on which way to go."