William “Buff” Bradley was born and raised on father Fred Bradley's farm in Frankfort, Ky., where he learned to break and train yearlings, gallop horses, and prep mares for the breeding shed. He took out his trainer's license in 1993 and has since campaigned stakes winners and homebreds Brass Hat and Groupie Doll. He is also the winner of three training titles at Ellis Park.
What are your preparations before heading to the paddock for a big race day?
Making sure that we have everything to go to the paddock (i.e. blinkers). Then when we get to the paddock I usually ask where are the blinkers so that my help freaks for about two seconds until I laugh.
Biggest pet peeve?
People being late for work. It doesn't matter if they are five minutes late, it puts everyone else behind and others then think they can get away with it. I am pretty sure my help knows this, too!
What's the best advice you ever received?
To work hard and be patient and what you are working for will happen.
Worst day at work?
When my assistant calls in sick then I know that I have to work.
What's at the top of your bucket list?
Winning the Kentucky Derby, of course! I would like to do a triathlon, too, but age is getting me.
Last thing you Googled?
Macy's Day parade as I hoped to attend this year and see Buzz Lightyear.
What's your favorite sport that isn't racing?
For sure it is University of Kentucky basketball. My parents had me watching at a young age.
What's playing on your iPod these days?
Whats an iPod? I love music but only get to listen when I am driving. Elton John and James Taylor.
Do you have any superstitions?
I think you make your own superstitions so I don't make a big deal of it.
Favorite guilty pleasure?
A Corona with lime.
As a kid, what would you tell people when they asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a fireman, but by age 10 I knew I wanted to work with horses.
Who's your favorite Thoroughbred who never won Horse of the Year (both one you've worked with, and one you haven't)?
Brass Hat, who was a very hard-working horse and ran his butt off every time! He had a track record at both Gulfstream Park and Churchill Downs. I loved Personal Ensign, as it is hard to beat perfection. She had so much heart and her last race was one of my all-time favorites.
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