In the winner’s circle after the seventh race on Tuesday (Dec. 5) at Monticello Raceway, longtime Monticello Raceway horseman Norman Bradbury was honored for his extensive and prominent career in a retirement ceremony.
The native of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Bradbury has been a fixture at Monticello Raceway for over four decades, since his first start in 1979. Prior to arriving to the backstretch of Monticello, Bradbury served as trainer for the Gray Brothers of Providence, Rhode Island, for many years and trained several winters in Pinehurst NC.
Bradbury and his wife Donna, a longtime Monticello Raceway employee, were married in Pinehurst in 1976.
During his rich career, he has enjoyed many highlights. Bradbury's career pinnacle moment came aboard Kittiwake, ($554,206 – 1:54.3), when he drove her to victory in the Lady Catskill at his home track of Monticello Raceway. Other of Bradbury’s top performers include Pride N Price, Tiffany Collins, Good Night Action and the recently retired Red Eye Bluechip.
Bradbury' final career stats display 403 driving wins, $1,390,362 in amassed purse earnings, and he trained winners of over $1,797,797.
The seventh race of the program was carded as the Norman Bradbury Retirement Race. It contained a field of gritty campaigners, much like Norman. After an early slugfest between Fools Gold (PP3) and (Kyle Dibenedetto) who set a 28-second opening quarter, Can’t Knock M finally got the lead at the half in 58.2. B Seventeen, who was driven by Justin Huckabone started the outer flow at this point. The stealthy Vaganova (Jim Devaux) followed B Seventeen with live cover right behind B Seventeen, B Seventeen got the lead down backstretch as they hit the ¾ in 1:28, as they turned for home, both were poised for victory, the duo raced in tandem down the lane and split the teletimer at the exact same time, resulting in a semi rare dead heat of 1:58.
B Seventeen is a 5-year-old Art Major gelding, out of Jugette and multiple stakes winner Armbro Bombay, and the former $125,000 yearling is trained by Jon Berube of Circleville, NY. Vaganova is trained by Jim Doherty Jr. The 4-year-old son Rock N Roll Heaven notched his 6th win for the waning 2017, pushing his seasonal earning over $30,000 and paid $22.20.
Following the race, Bradbury was accompanied in the winner’s circle by his wife Donna and son Grant, as well as numerous friends, and many of the horsemen that he has come to know Norman well during his many years in the backstretch of Monticello Raceway. (Monticello)