Saturday, November 2, 2013

New issue of NAT features Groupie Doll's Buff Bradley

Trainer Buff Bradley.
The latest issue of North American Trainer is out -- click here to read it online.

The magazine features a cover profile on trainer Buff Bradley, one of the most genuine, down-to-earth people in the racing industry and co-breeder (with his father Fred) of last years champion sprint filly Groupie Doll, who figures to make her final start for the Bradleys and her co-owners Carl Hurst and Brent Burns in todays Grade 1 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The mare is slated to sell as hip number 350 at Keeneland on Wednesday, November 6th.

Groupie Doll with assistant trainer Matt Hebert -- her groom -- at Ellis Park this summer.

Groupie Doll is led into the Keeneland paddock by brothers Gabe (left) and Matt Hebert.


"Here, be sure to get a good one from this angle, too."

Groupie Doll plays with her Jolly Ball at Churchill Downs while Bradley chats on his phone.
Buff Bradley also trained his fathers homebred Brass Hat, a Grade 1 winner who earned over $2 million -- an earnings mark that Groupie Doll is less than $75,000 away from achieving.

Brass Hat at the Bradley family farm in October, 2013.
The always-popular Sid Fernando column is on page 96 of this issue, and other articles include profiles on owners of recent Grade 1 winners plus our usual array of nutrition and veterinary write-ups.

Harlans Holiday, a well-respected U.S. sire with 40 stakes winners to date, passed away yesterday in Argentina, where he was standing the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, at the age of 14. His death came on the day paternal grandson Goldencents won the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile and almost a year to the day son Shanghai Bobby won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile en route to the two-year-old championship.

Harlans Holidays Northern Hemisphere home during the last few years of his life was WinStar Farm, which features in this issue of Trainer as well.

There are 27 mares in foal in foal to Harlans Holiday catalogued at the upcoming Keeneland sale and four at Fasig-Tipton, plus 16 foals (15 at Keeneland, one at Fasig-Tipton) from his penultimate crop. One of the weanlings is hip 249, a February-foaled half-brother to Grade 1 winner/millionaire Rail Trip, with 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice under the second dam.

Harlan's Holiday, 1999-2013.

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