Norman Bradbury, 87, dies

Columbus, OH — Norman Bradbury, 87, of Indiantown, Fla., died Oct. 3, 2021.

Born March 3, 1934, in Bareneed, Newfoundland, Mr. Bradbury remained proud of the fact he was born British in the then colony of Newfoundland.

As a young man, he was a keen sportsman involved in baseball, rugby and long-distance running. His early career as an accountant at a steel company was short-lived as the sporting life beckoned.

His calling as a harness racing trainer and driver began at the Cape Breton Turf Club in Sydney, N.S., with his first horse, Worthy C.

Mr. Bradbury enjoyed a successful campaign on the Maritime circuit with a stable that included the speedy Mastertrick, who he drove in the popular Gold Cup & Saucer in Charlottetown, PEI.

In the mid-1970s, he moved his stable to Bay State Raceway and Rockingham. This is where he began training for the Gray Brothers of Providence, R.I.

With his devoted wife Donna by his side, ‘Stormin’ Norman’s’ reputation as a well-respected horseman grew as his bright red and gold silks crossed the finish line at racetracks throughout the eastern seaboard, winning a career total of 696 races.

The Bradburys spent a number of winters in Pinehurst, N.C., training colts and fillies in preparation for New York Sires Stakes races. Some highlights include guiding Kittiwake in The Lady Catskill and Pride And Price to a New York Sires Stakes victory.

The bulk of his racing career was spent at Monticello Raceway, from where he retired just four years ago.

Mr. Bradbury often compared the daily routine of a horseman to the fisherman that gets to go fishing every day; it’s a daily pursuit of one’s passion.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna (Caldwell); children, Grant (Sadie) and Diane.

Burial to take place at a later date in Haverhill, Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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