Lets face it. Franklin County may lie in the Bluegrass, but when it comes to the breeding and racing of great thoroughbreds, we have to live vicariously with our neighbors in Woodford and Fayette counties.
At least until last Saturday, when a Franklin County-bred thoroughbred, Brass Hat, took second place in the worlds richest horse race, the World Cup in Dubai.
Owned by Fred Bradley, former county judge and state senator from Franklin County, and foaled at Bradleys Indian Ridge Farm in western Franklin County, Brass Hat is trained by Bradleys son, William Biff Bradley.
Brass Hat was invited to the World Cup race coming off a string of impressive wins over the last couple of years. The Bradleys were in Dubai for Saturdays race.
Electrocutionist won the $6 million race over Brass Hat by 11/4 lengths in an 11-horse field.
Fred Bradley has been breeding and racing thoroughbreds for many years, but Brass Hat represents what every horse owner dreams of a top-flight runner who can take on the best in the world and perform splendidly. And, of course, make some big money in the process.
Its a dream that comparatively few thoroughbred breeders and owners ever realize, and for it to come true for Fred and Biff Bradley is a tribute to their years of hard work breeding, training and racing horses.
How great it would be to look forward to a long line of Brass Hats progeny scampering through the field at Indian Ridge Farm, but alas, Brass Hat is a gelding.
But that also means no early retirement to the lucrative breeding shed. We expect to be following Brass Hat into the winners circle for many more years as he continues his impressive career.
And we expect the training career of Biff Bradley is going to make Indian Ridge Farm every bit as important to thoroughbred racing as any trainer on any farm in Woodford or Fayette County.