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Col. E. R. Bradley

1859 - 1946

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Col. E. R. Bradley Marker
Inscription. The activities of Col. E. R. Bradley ranged from operating Palm Beach's Beach Club casino to staging charity race days for orphans. A product of a burgeoning nation in the 19th century, Bradley worked in steel mills in Pittsburgh as a youngster, then roamed the nation as a cowboy, prospector and miner. By the time he testified before Huey long in a Senate hearing in 1934, Bradley proclaimed, "I an a speculator, race horse breeder and gambler." Asked what he gambled in, he replied "Almost anything."

When Col. Bradley's attention turned to horse racing, his first good horse was named, ironically, Bad News and Bradley thereafter made a practice of naming his horses with names beginning with the letter B. The Kentucky Derby was central to his ambitions in racing. He developed Idle Hour Stock Farm outside Lexington and won four runnings of the Derby, with Behave Yourself (1921), Bubbling Over (1926), Burgoo King (1932) and Broker's Tip (1933). Bradley also imported the foundation mare La Troienne from France. He died in 1946 and the split of his breeding stock nurtured years of success for Greentree Stable, King Ranch and the Phipps family.
 
Location. 38° 2.499′ N, 84° 29.431′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be
Col. E. R. Bradley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Col. E. R. Bradley Marker
reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Hay Whitney (a few steps from this marker); Hal Price Headley (a few steps from this marker); August Belmont II (a few steps from this marker); John E. Madden (a few steps from this marker); Sheikh Mohammed (a few steps from this marker); James R. Keene (a few steps from this marker); E. P. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); James Ben Ali Haggin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .  Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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