Brass Hat has an injury that will keep him from training for the next three months, which means he could not race before 2009, if all goes well. The 7-year-old gelded son of Prized suffered a strained suspensory ligament in his left leg.
According to trainer Buff Bradley, there is no hole or tear in the ligament, but it can become a more serious problem if Brass Hat continues to train or race. The trainer said July 29 he will take Brass Hat back to the farm to rest and heal.
“We had planned to enter him (July 29) for a race in West Virginia, and hoped to have run him (in the Massachusetts Handicap, a race he won in 2007) in September,” Bradley said. “We still feel that there is a chance for him to come back and compete next year. If he does not come back at 100% both physically and mentally, he will get to have fun turned out in the paddock with Magic (his pony buddy) for years to come.
"He has been the best, and has overcome two potentially career ending injuries and given us many thrills.”
Brass Hat was being pointed to the $125,000 West Virginia Governor's Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2. Among the entrants is Zanjero, winner of last year's West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer.
Bradley trains the homebred Brass Hat, who was produced from the Dixie Brass mare Brassy, for his father, Fred Bradley. Brass Hat has a career record of 8-5-1 from 26 career starts. He has earned $1,790,314, with his biggest wins having come in the 2006 Donn (gr. I) and New Orleans (gr. II) handicaps.
Brass Hat broke his maiden at age 3 with an upset victory in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park.