BACKGROUND on Buff Bradley & Bradley Racing Stable

Bradley Racing Stable is based at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for most of the year. We race at all Kentucky and surrounding tracks including Keeneland, Ellis Park, Turfway Park and Kentucky Downs.

During Kentucky's coldest winter months we transfer our base to Gulfstream Park, located north of Miami in Hallandale Beach, Florida, Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Florida, or Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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We're humbled by all the great turf writers who have helped chronicle some great accomplishments by the horses of Bradley Racing Stable, here's a few of their articles:

Thank-you to FRANK. - the magazine for Frankfort and Franklin County for this feature article, "A lesson in training: Take care of the horse and the horse will take care of you", June 2018 >>

Thank-you to acclaimed sportswriter Gene McClean for this revealing tribute to Team Bradley ahead of the 2017 Clark Handicap >>

Thank you to Alicia Wincze Hughes of The Blood-Horse for this account of today's G2 Stakes Win by The Player, representative of the late Fred Bradley's thoroughbred breeding legacy, October 28, 2017, "The Player Does Bradley Clan Proud With Fayette Win" >>

Thank you to Lenny Shulman of The Blood-Horse for this tribute to Fred Bradley, May 20, 2016, "Owner/Breeder Fred Bradley Dies at 85" >>

Here's a great background report on Bradley Racing, from The Paulick Report, "Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: With Patience, Buff Bradley Makes His Own Luck" >>

If you would like to get involved in thoroughbred racing with Bradley Racing Stable, please contact Buff anytime.

Buff Bradley is involved in Kentucky racing and community organizations. He is...
    • serving his third term on the board of KHBPA (Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association).

    • serving his third year on the board of KEEP (Kentucky Equine Education Project).

    • also the 4-H Volunteer Horse leader in Franklin County, Kentucky.

About Buff -

I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, and began working at age ten on my father's farm performing such duties as foaling mares, prepping mares for the breeding shed, sales prepping, breaking and training yearlings, and galloping layups. While being involved with the daily operations of the training center, I also took classes at night and graduated in 1989 from Kentucky State University with a degree in business management.

In 1989 I left my father's training center and went to work on the racetrack as an assistant trainer for the late Clarence Picou. During a four year stay with Clarence, I oversaw strings at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park, and Louisiana Downs. My biggest day with Clarence came in the 1991 Super Derby when the horse I helped care for WON; Free Spirits Joy defeated champions Best Pal, Olympio, and Lite Light. Clarence taught me a lot about bringing young horses along and how to be patient with them.

In 1993 I took out my license and won my first race with my fifth starter for my only owner at the time, the late John Franks. In 1994 I had as many as ten horses for Mr. Franks, who in that year won the Eclipse Award for Owner of the Year. Bradley Racing Stable grew to have many owners, including my father, Fred Bradley, who was my biggest client until recent years, as his health has declined and he has reduced his stock. I'm grateful for his support and for helping me get my start in the business.

My father and I bred and raised several stakes horses including G1 winner and Multi-Millionaire BRASS HAT. Buff commented about Brass Hat after his win in the 2004 Ohio Derby, "Breeding and foaling him on the farm, raising, breaking and doing everything with him from Day One, it's been so gratifying."

Brass Hat earned over $2,000,000 and is now retired at Indian Ridge Farm. Please visit BRASS HAT's web site at

Other notable Bradley home-breds include multi-millionaire, two time Champion Eclipse Award winner GROUPIE DOLL and Churchill Downs Stakes Winner and producer of many winners TOWN QUEEN (earnings over $240,000). We also bred and raised Stakes Placed King of Speed, AKA Elvis (earnings: $590,000 and now a winning show horse with my daughter Jett Bradley!), Regale (earnings over $150,000), and Chief Export (earnings: $406,000).

Bradley Racing Stable also specializes in developing young horses purchased at auction. Every year we scout the fall sales for weanlings and yearlings on behalf of my owners, and I manage the young horses' early development and breaking. Successful purchases include Stakes Winners TIMELESS LOVE (purchased for $22,000) and IDEVETER (purchased for $50,000), also Big Deal (purchased for $8000, Stakes Placed with earnings nearly $100,000), and Prized Ambition (purchased for $18,000, earnings over $150,000, Multiple Stakes Placed).

Buff Bradley has FOUR Ellis Park training titles, in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Congratulations to all the owners, the horses, and the Bradley Racing Team!

There are many partner ownership opportunities for new owners in our stable, please inquire for information.

My long time assistant trainer Maria Kabel has now started our OTTB (off the track thoroughbred) division on the farm, while also giving English riding lessons. Please "Like" the official Facebook page for the Indian Ridge OTTBs >>

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Turf writer Byron King wrote about Buff Bradley in a Daily Racing Form article, "...positive returns with first and second-time starters who were overlooked in the wagering, with horses switching surfaces, with horses stretching out in distance, and with horses seeking to score repeat victories. He has also shown a positive return on investment with all of his dirt and turf horses, his claiming runners, and his allowance and stakes competitors. Many of Bradley's runners get overlooked in the wagering. Many of his trainees are homebreds with modest pedigrees, or inexpensive horses purchased at auction. Very infrequently does he train one with flashy bloodlines."

An important element of Bradley Racing is our training center, located at our farm in Kentucky. My wife Kim, who comes from a thoroughbred racing background, runs the daily operations at the farm. Kim is great with the young horses, plus has extensive knowledge of conformation and leg work. Kim, and everyone at the farm, are great assets to me and to the training center. Kim and I, our daughter Kory, son Drew, and daughter Jett live right here on the farm.

Our farm features the EQUI-GYM free walker, a low stress method for conditioning young horses and lay-ups that can be used in any weather, and is adjustable to also allow racehorses to maintain their level of fitness when away from the track for short breaks. Our The farm also has a sand round pen / rolling pit, as well as spacious paddocks with new fencing.

We are centrally located in Kentucky with easy driving distance to all the Kentucky tracks.

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