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A few thoughts about another very special thoroughbred gelding, John Henry, from Brass Hat's lifetime Trainer Buff Bradley - "John Henry was my hero. He is the symbol of what a racehorse is. He had so much fight and determination and a will to WIN. He had a personality that showed he was the boss, and that he was in charge. I love hearing of the stories, such as the times when he would go to the track to train and that he would stop for up to thirty minutes before training. And the one just weeks ago, where he would take his handlers for long walks at the KY Horse Park. John Henry was a gelding that was sold for little and not thought much of as a race horse early on (sounds like a gelding I know). I visited John Henry for his 30th and 31st birthday and he looked remarkably well. At 32 he went to horse heaven and he will never be forgotten by me or by many of the fans who have met him or saw him race. He is a hero of our sport and we were fortunate to have him around for a long time. He was the sport's grand ambassador while living at the KY Horse Park for over twenty years. John Henry will be forever missed." ---Buff
Suzie Oldham and Brass Hat at Churchill Downs, Derby Day 2011. Suzie was responsible for the mating that produced Brass Hat. She's a life long friend of the Bradleys. Buff Bradley began his career as an assistant trainer for Suzie's father, Clarence Picou.
Brass Hat and his favorite equine therapist Dianne Volz.
Brass Hat and his massage therapist Julia at Churchill Downs.
Maria Kabel is Assistant Trainer, Exercise Rider and Groom of BRASS HAT.

"It is nice to have such a horse to run the way he does and take shipping all over the world, and be unfazed by the travels." - Buff Bradley upon Brass Hat's return to Kentucky after the Dubai World Cup, April 2006

Dubai World Cup Race Day >>

Suzie Picou-Oldham photos

Dubai World Cup Week >>

a February morning at Turfway Park >>

Suzie Picou-Oldham photos
Jockey Willie Martinez and Brass Hat at Churchill Downs.
Brass Hat with his vacation and retirement buddies Magic and Goliath.

"Brass Hat Day" at Turfway Park >>

The Bradley Family