Good Day for Woods and Bradley…

March 27, 2012

Hip #56 Hard Spun

Pinhookers Eddie Woods and Pete Bradley have enjoyed a strong spring and the impressive results continued yesterday at Fasig-Tipton. The partnership spent $200,000 for the son of Hard Spun—Lucky Lavender Gal at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale and watched the colt sell to Godolphin for $870,000 yesterday. ”He was always a super horse”, said Woods. “He was always a horse that we loved and he came with us which they all don’t do”. Of the price, Woods added, “He brought more than I thought he would, but that’s probably just being conservative on my part. It takes two guys, and they made the dance go”.

The success only got sweeter later in the session when a son of first-crop sire Street Boss sold for $825,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Steve Young. Bradley Thoroughbreds had purchased the youngster for just $77,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale. “We look for a frame and an athlete first, and this guy had that”, Bradley said. He was very correct and very athletic. Bradley admitted he was surprised they were able to buy the colt last year. “When we bought him, I turned to Eddie and I said, that is the least expensive horse we will buy all year. He continued, I was appalled that we even had a chance to buy him, quite frankly. We probably had twice the money to spend on him that we did, and I didn’t think that we would get him. There were a couple of people who came up and said they liked him, but for some reason just didn’t bid on him. He was an exceptional horse from the day we got him.  Some of the July horses will grow up and surprise you with how good they get, but he was no surprise. He was exceptional from day one”.

Among the successes for the Bradley and Woods partnership this spring was an Indygo Shiner colt who turned from a $37,000 July yearling into a $330,000 Barretts March 2-Year-Old. Bradley was quick to give credit to Woods and partner Angela Mellerick for the run of success.“My name is signed on the line for buying these horses, but it is a team effort, Bradley said. Eddie and Angela have patience, a good eye and they are excellent horsepeople. They are as much the strength as me on this deal. Hats off to them for what they do. They have to sweat with these horses every day from July or September.” Of the building string of successes, Bradley said, “When things go right, it makes you more nervous than when they go wrong. When things are going right, you just keep hoping that they continue to go right. This year, it has”.

(Thoroughbred Daily News)