BACKGROUND on Buff Bradley & Bradley Racing Stable


Bradley Racing Stable LLC is owned by William “Buff” Bradley and is primarily based at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, from April until the end of November. For the winter we move the stable to Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana. We also race at all Kentucky and surrounding tracks including Keeneland, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, Belterra Park, Arlington Park and Indiana Grand.

William Buff Bradley was born and raised in Franklin County, Kentucky and began working at age 10 on his parent's Indian Ridge Farm. He performed such duties as foaling mares, prepping mares for the breeding shed, prepping yearlings for sales, breaking and exercising layups. Buff managed Indian Ridge Farm’s operations while attending and obtaining a degree in business management from Kentucky State University.

In 1989, Buff left Indian Ridge Farm to begin working as an assistant trainer to the late Clarence Picou. During his time with Clarence he oversaw strings at Louisiana Downs, Oaklawn Park and Remington Park. The biggest day with Clarence came in the 1991 when they won the Super Derby with longshot Free Spirits Joy! Clarence instilled in Buff how to develop young horses, and how to be patient with them.

In 1993, Buff received his trainer’s license and won his first race with his fifth starter for his only owner at the time, the late John Franks, who went on to be the Eclipse award winning owner the following year. John Franks was instrumental in starting Buff in the racing business. Buff, and his father Fred, bred and raised several Stakes horses including G1 multi-millionaire Brass Hat, who won over $2.1 million. Brass Hat is now retired on Indian Ridge Farm.

Buff and Fred also bred and raised Groupie Doll, who won over $2.4 million and earned two Eclipse awards for best female sprinter in 2012 and 2013, while winning the Breeders Cup filly and mare sprint in those years. She was later sold to Mandy Pope for $3.1 million and has been producing elite foals.

Other notable Stakes winners that were co-bred by Buff are Town Queen, Storm the Hill, Dragon Drew, Divine Queen and multiple Graded Stakes winner, The Player. He also co-bred Stakes placed horses King of Speed, Chief Export and Fleur de Lilly.

Other notable horses that Buff has trained are multiple Grade One Stakes winner and millionaire Divisidero, Stakes winners Timeless Love, Ella Belle, Ideveter, and Graded Stakes placed Miss Pink Diva and Nice Not Nice. Also black type Stakes placed Prized Ambition, Big Deal, Upset Brewing, Pair of Kings and Gamblin Train.

Another important element of Bradley Racing Stable is the layup and training center located in Frankfort, Kentucky. Kim Bradley is in charge of all breeding and foaling on the farm. Kelly Schrader is in charge of all layups. And Maria Kabel is in charge of the retirement and show horses on the farm.

The farm boasts a top of the line 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. We also have plenty of round pens, paddocks and pastures.

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





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

  • and he is the 4-H Volunteer Horse Club leader in Franklin County, Kentucky.
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