When Randy Bradshaw enters the Calder paddock alongside the 4-year-old filly Go Go Lolo for Saturday’s $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter, it will be just like old times for the venerable horseman, a lifetime racetrack devotee that currently plies his trade breaking and training young horses in Ocala but once campaigned such racing luminaries as Artax, Petionville, and Urbane.
“It’s been a while,” Bradshaw said with a laugh when asked the last time he ran a horse with his name as the trainer. “I would say it was at Tampa when I was training for Stronach, and it had to be five or six years ago. But that’s just a guess.”
It was in fact a little over six years ago, on April 4, 2006, when Bradshaw sent out a horse named King Bull in a maiden special weight race at Tampa. The Stronach Stables homebred won that day by 3 ½ lengths, and holds the distinction of being the last official Bradshaw-trained starter until Saturday.
“I probably wouldn’t be doing it for another horse,” Bradshaw said of his decision to saddle Go Go Lolo for the Nancy’s Glitter. “For another horse, I would have probably found someone else to run it. But I really like this filly. She’s a game filly that runs hard, and tries hard. And I own one-third of her.”
Go Go Lolo was a two-time winner in six starts in 2011, but had really put things together as the season progressed, prevailing in two of her last three starts with a fourth-place finish in the $75,000 Proud Spell Stakes at Saratoga sandwiched in between.
But following her commanding 3 ½-length allowance win at Parx Racing in September, Go Go Lolo returned for another allowance tilt just a few weeks later when an incident at the gate forced the filly to the sidelines.
“She was already loaded in the gate when the horse going in next to her started acting up, and that got her to start acting up.” Bradshaw explained. “She ended up getting under the gate and had to be scratched.
“There really wasn’t any physical problem with her after that, but her trainer up there, Leigh Delacour, told me she was acting a little depressed and she needed to come back to the farm for a break. So that’s what we did. We wanted to get her back, both mentally and physically.”
After taking a few months off, Bradshaw eased Go Go Lolo back to training with short two and three-furlong moves in March at Adena Springs farm in Ocala.
“We started back on her about four months ago, so she’s got a good foundation under her,” Bradshaw said. “And like I said, we’ve wanted to run her for a while, so I think she’ll be ready for Saturday’s race.”
Running in a stake wasn’t Bradshaw’s first option for Go Go Lolo’s return, but after entering several allowance races that didn’t go, and with upcoming options looking sparse, he decided to enter the Nancy’s Glitter.
“With those allowance races not going, it was a little tough,” Bradshaw said. “We wanted to run here, but we wanted to get a race in her first. But we’ll go ahead and try the stake and see if she can’t get a piece of it. She’s been training great.”
Go Go Lolo is scheduled to van to Calder Friday morning where she will take up her temporary home in barn 19 to await Saturday’s race.
“I might be a little nervous,” Bradshaw joked when asked how it will feel to return to a race-day paddock for the first time in years. “No, not really, I’ve been at this a long time, and I don’t believe it will feel any different than it ever did. But I am looking forward to it; it should be fun.”
Regardless of the outcome in Saturday’s race, Bradshaw insists that the Nancy’s Glitter will be the only time this year that his name will appear inside a racing program as trainer.
“It’s a one-time deal,” Bradshaw said. “After the race, we’ll find somewhere up north for her to run, and give her to someone up there.”
Bradshaw will then return to his business of working with young horses at the Randy K. Bradshaw Breaking and Training Center in Williston, where over the years he has built the foundation for Grade 1 winners such as Animal Kingdom, Birdstone, Cajun Beat, Sugar Swirl, and Vindication, to name just a few.
During his career as a trainer, Bradshaw won 363 races, and had a Kentucky Derby starter in 1998 when Artax finished 13th. Bradshaw also worked as a longtime assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and oversaw training and breaking facilities for Padua Stables and Adena Springs. Bradshaw left the racing game briefly in 1992 to embark on a successful tree-planting venture in Idaho.
NOMINATIONS OUT FOR UPCOMING SOPHOMORE STAKES
The Calder racing office has released the nominations for a pair of 3-year-old stakes to be run Saturday, July 21, with the $75,000 El Kaiser drawing interest from nine sophomore colts and geldings and the $75,000 Three Ring, restricted to fillies, listing 13 nominees. Both races will be run at the distance of one mile and 70 yards.
Leading the list of nominees for either race is Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge, among those listed as possible starters for the Three Ring. The Milt Wolfson-trainee is a five-time stakes winner at Calder that exits consecutive added-money victories in $55,000 Sweettrickydancer and the $55,000 Regal Gal.
Luis Duco Stables, Inc.’s Empire Builder is the top name on the list of nominees for the El Kaiser. The son of Kitten’s Joy also exits two straight stakes victories, having won the $55,000 American Dreamer and the $55,000 Mambo Meister in his two most recent outings.
Entries for the El Kaiser and the Three Ring will be taken Monday, July 16.