It was “Pete Bradley Day” on July 23rd at Saratoga Race Course, according to BloodHorse. The owner of Bradley Thoroughbred Services first watched a couple of two-year-olds, Bitumen and Random Walk, take home the top two spots in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III). The duo were bought and sold by Bradley and partner Eddie Woods Jr.
Without even getting a chance to take in that special 1-2 victory, Bradley was in the winner’s circle again. This time it was for Dacita, a mare he co-owns with Sheep Pond Partners, who won the Diana Stakes (gr. IT).
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Bradley. “When you win a grade I race, what could be any more exciting? But the process of selecting horses, no matter who ends up with them, when you get it right it is just a pretty amazing feeling. That takes the cake. Those days just don’t come along very often.”
Bitumen and Random Walk were both sold at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale in March, with Bitumen going for $280,000 and Random Walk being purchased for $300,000. Dacita is part of a large chain of Bradley-owned racehorses, which includes champion Dayatthespa and Whatsdachances, who won the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT).
Even though it finished as a fantastic weekend for Bradley, it didn’t start out that way.
“I am not a superstitious guy, but I began to get worried,” said Bradley. “I flew to New York from Del Mar (on Friday) and when I arrived in Albany, I found out they had lost my bags. I get in my rental car and about 10 miles up the road, it breaks down. The rental car broke down! I was stuck on the side of the road for 45 minutes waiting for a new car.
“I was thinking ‘I hope this doesn’t continue. I have a big day tomorrow and I hope this doesn’t flow over.’ The next morning I was told my clothes would be delivered at 3:30 but since I had to be at the track at noon, I drove to Albany and picked them up.”
Bradley and company will be back at Saratoga the weekend of July 29-31.