1932 Kentucky Derby

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The May 1932 issue of Horse and Jockey magazine did a nice spread on the Kentucky Derby for that year. Brother Joe, a handsome dark brown colt owned by Kentucky colonel E. R. Bradley, had future book odds of 300/1 but by May they dropped to 30/1 for fifth choice. Top Flight, the filly, came in at 4/1, future books odds, but would probably be 6/5 or even money at post, they said. Tick On was at 5/1, Burning Blaze at 12/1 and so on. The Bro, half brother to the immortal Blue Larkspur (16 Starts, 10 Wins, 3 Places, 1 Show), was a Bradley colt and figured to take on more sentimental and well wisher money than the rest of the field together. Since Colonel Bradley was a gentleman and fine horseman the racing public could be assured that any horse that started in the “white, green hoops, red cap” of the Idle Hour Stock Farm figures to win. Furthermore, any workouts before the Derby could be considered the true condition of Brother Joe. After all, Colonel Bradley was a gentleman – no secrets.

Bro Joe’s stable mate got a footnote mention as the pacemaker and would further the chances of the entry, Bro Joe. Apparently, he was to play the role of the rabbit in this grand scheme. As it turned out, the scheme backfired; Burgoo King, the lowly rabbit and stable mate of big Bro Joe, won the 1932 Kentucky Derby.

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February 12, 2010 • Posted in: Articles

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