On March 24, 2018, tragedy struck when The Player suffered a near-catastrophic injury in the New Orleans Handicap (Grade II) at Fair Grounds. The Player suffered two sesamoid fractures in his right front leg and had surgery at Louisiana State University to fuse the bones back together.
"Many thanks to the vets and staff at LSU who were nothing short of awesome for the nearly 6 months of his recovery. The care they gave him and the communication with us was exceptional."
We're very happy to report that The Player is back home in Frankfort as of September 2018 and doing very well.
I have an outstanding stable and farm crew, who have contributed so much to our success. Thanks go to all our grooms, barn foremen, longtime assistant trainer and rider Maria Kabel, assistant trainer and rider Chelsey Coady, long time exercise rider and blacksmith Jeff Lopez, exercise riders Jada Schlenk, Amanda Castro and Gabe Hebert, and van driver Jim Doss.
Thanks also to Ackel and Matt Hebert who help break our young horses near Lexington, Kentucky.
Thanks also to David "Art" and Marty Fisher in Ocala, Florida, who break yearlings and prepare some of our two year olds for the track.
|David "Art" and Marty Fisher break yearlings and prepare some of our two year olds for the track in Ocala, Florida.|
|Van driver (who can do it all) Jim Doss and Brass Hat at Turfway.|
|Night watchman Eddie Clark, with his wife Kitten who does the never-ending laundry and clean-up in the stable.|
|Maria Kabel is Assistant Trainer, Exercise Rider and Groom of BRASS HAT.|
|Brass Hat and his massage therapist Julia at Churchill Downs.|
|Exercise rider Jada Schlenk with "C For Chant", 2009 colt by War Chant out of Brass Hat's full sister, Shiny Prize.|
|Jockey Willie Martinez and Brass Hat.|
|Blacksmith Dale Eagleson.|
|Suzie Oldham and Brass Hat at Churchill Downs, Derby Day 2011. Suzie was responsible for the mating that produced Brass Hat. She's a life long friend of the Bradleys. Buff began his career as an assistant trainer for Suzie's father, Clarence Picou.|
|Brass Hat and his favorite equine therapist Dianne Volz.|
|Exercise rider Jeff Lopez and Brass Hat at Churchill Downs.|
|Louie and Gretchen, farm weed control personnel.|