The September Sale is a showcase for the who's who of the Thoroughbred world, but the excitement of it also draws star power from all walks of life, including a National Football League Hall of Famer.
Terry Bradshaw, a four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, joined Twin Creeks Racing's Randy Gullatt and Steve Davison in the Sales Pavilion for much of Tuesday's session. The group was also on the Keeneland grounds on Monday and planned to remain through at least Wednesday's third session of Book 1.
“Oh, it's a big deal,” Bradshaw said of the September Sale. “I enjoy it.”
Bradshaw has long been involved with American Quarter Horse halter horses but has branched into the Thoroughbred industry with Davison, whom Bradshaw used to babysit during his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech. Bradshaw has been part of the partnership that owns Grade 1 winner Graydar and raced multiple Grade 2 winner Mission Impazible.
On Tuesday, the group purchased Hip 227, a colt by Unbridled's Song out Miss Mambo. Gullatt signed the ticket on the yearling.
“Another Unbridled's Song (offspring),” Davison said, referring to the sire of Graydar and Mission Impazible. “We're kind of partial to them.”
Bradshaw joked Davison and Gullatt may need to keep a close eye on him through the remainder of the September Sale. He nearly bid on another yearling on Tuesday but resisted the urge.
“There was an Unbridled's Song filly that came in,” Bradshaw said. “Four socks, big blaze, looked like (graded stakes winner and deceased stallion) Master Command. Nobody was bidding on her. I've never bought a horse here and I didn't want anybody laughing at me, but I almost – almost – bought her.”
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