|10.03.2022|1:08pm

Tony Bradshaw is a lifelong fan of horse racing. He has been attending races since he was a child accompanying his grandfather to Miles Park in Louisville, Ky. This fall, Bradshaw will step into a brand new realm of the enterprise as he prepares to buy his first racehorse on the 2022 ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale set for Saturday, Oct. 15 at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Bradshaw’s journey into horse possession started along with his participation within the Road to Louisville contest based mostly on the Kentucky Derby prep races main as much as the primary Saturday in May. Bradshaw took the lead amongst 405 different gamers en path to the $1,000 grand prize and $30,000 towards the acquisition and care of a racehorse. The sum is in partnership between Horseshoe Indianapolis and the Indiana Thoroughbred Owner’s and Breeder’s Association. It will cowl as much as $15,000 towards the acquisition of a yearling from the sale and the remaining $15,000 will cowl bills incurred by the horse throughout its first yr of preparation, coaching, and racing. 

“I’ve thought about it from time to time on owning a racehorse, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to be part of that side of racing,” mentioned Bradshaw, who resides in Louisville, Ky. and performed within the contest on the Caesars Sportsbook in Clarksville, Ind. “Having a foot in the game and being part of the ownership experience is thrilling. Having a horse racing in my name and potentially getting my picture taken in the winner’s circle is exciting to think about.”

Bradshaw attended a “horses in training sale” greater than 20 years in the past on the former Churchill Downs Sports Spectrum. He loved seeing the horses understanding, however he was not a purchaser, simply an observer. This time, he might be elevating his hand on the sale with help from Tony Granitz, who he has chosen as his coach.

“I noticed that Tony (Granitz) is a really good trainer on the Midwest circuit,” mentioned Bradshaw. “I’m a big grass horse bettor, so that caught my attention about Tony, not that I’ll be able to get a grass horse, but he’s just a good trainer. He seems to do well with younger horses too, so that helped me make my decision on selecting a trainer.”

The two “Tonys” have already linked. Pre-event inspections of the horses within the sale are underway, they usually hope to have a shorter record of horses to observe the day of the sale. A complete of 115 yearlings are at the moment cataloged for the sale. The 2021 sale topper was Honey Red, a daughter from the primary crop of Bucchero who fetched a value of $48,000 by the gross sales ring. She already has a win this season and Bradshaw hopes to have the identical luck along with his new buy. 

“I basically want to look over some things for the sale, but I’ll defer to someone else to look at confirmation and guide me,” mentioned Bradshaw. “I can’t wait to be part of it. It’s pretty exciting.”

The ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale might be performed within the receiving barn at Horseshoe Indianapolis. A preview might be supplied the night time earlier than from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The sale is about to start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Arrangements are already in place for care and boarding of Bradshaw’s new racehorse till it’s introduced in and begins coaching for the 2023 racing season at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

“We wanted to offer something unique and partnering with ITOBA was a perfect fit for building our ownership program for the Indiana Thoroughbred industry,” mentioned Eric Halstrom, vp and normal supervisor of racing. “We have such a big following through our online contests, we felt this was a good way to reach out to people that support our program through the Road to Louisville contest and hopefully, give them an experience of a lifetime as a new owner. We can’t wait to see Tony in the winner’s circle next summer at Horseshoe Indianapolis.”

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