update AUGUST 2005 - BRASS HAT is back in training following his recovery from an injury suffered in the 2004 Lone Star Derby. He is on course to race this fall 2005!
NOVEMBER 2004 - Multiple stakes winner Brass Hat is back home in Kentucky after undergoing surgery for an injury suffered in the Lone Star Derby (GIII) at Lone Star Park. The 3-year-old son of Prized suffered a condylar fracture of the right front ankle in a ninth place finish in the race held on the eve of Breeders’ Cup at the Texas track. Trainer William “Buff” Bradley said two screws were inserted in the injured ankle by Texas equine surgeons. The winner of the Ohio Derby (GII), Indiana Derby (GII) and Rushaway Stakes is now resting on the farm of owner-breeder Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky state senator and the trainer’s father, in Frankfort, Ky.
“He’s expected to be out about six months,” said Bradley. “The injury should mend perfectly and he’ll back in 2005.” Bradley is looking forward to a big future with Brass Hat, who scored his first career victory in Turfway Park’s Rushaway at odds of 38-1. But, regardless of what happens down the road, the joy the horse has brought his father made this a memorable year. “The most exciting part is seeing how much fun he’s had,” said Bradley. “We’re proud of what he’s done and we’re glad we didn’t sell him. I’m looking forward to getting him ready to run next year.”