Meet The Brookdale Team
Fred Seitz has been raising horses in Central Kentucky since 1974. A graduate of St. Vincent College with a BA in English, he was a Marine Corps Aviator and a Vietnam Veteran.
Beginning as a farm manager, Fred then worked for Fasig-Tipton for 2 years before going out on his own by leasing a farm. He bought the beginning acreage of Brookdale in 1983.
A licensed trainer, he has trained five stakes winners and 3 stakes-placed horses from 2005-2012.
He is a past Kentucky Farm Manager of the Year, President of the Thoroughbred Club of America, President of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Officer and Trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, founding Trustee of the Horse Farm Workers Educational Assistance Fund, current Director of the Keeneland Association, and former Chairman of the Board of Lexington Catholic High School. He currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children suffering from abuse and neglect. Besides Joe and Freddy, active at Brookdale, Fred and his wife Peppe have 3 daughters, Helen McRoberts, Jane Estepp and Marianna Seitz-Ciannello.
Joe has been with Brookdale full time since 1997. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism and then spent four years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. After the service, Joe worked as a racetrack groom and assistant trainer for Carl Nafzger and Todd Pletcher, respectively. Joe was elected as President of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) in 2016 and has served on The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA), and the Thoroughbred Club of America (TCA). He now acts as Director of Sales for Brookdale.
Freddy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1994-1998. He then worked at Santa Anita Park for trainer Randy Bradshaw. He returned to the farm in 1999 and is now the General Manager of Brookdale Farm. He also heads the Bloodstock acquisition and is heavily involved in Matings and Pedigree Analysis. Freddy and his wife Sarah have two children, Claire and Frederick.
Julie joined Brookdale in March of 2012 as a Sales Associate and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she majored in accounting. In college, she was a Division I swimmer and captain of her swim team. Prior to joining the Brookdale team, she worked for State Street Bank & Trust in Boston for three years. Over the past several years she has helped different consignors at all the major thoroughbred sales.
Farm Manager Victor Espinoza grew up in Lagos de Moreno, a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. His initial involvement with horses was through a small family breeding and training operation in Mexico. He came to the United States in 1982 and worked for three years on different racetracks and saddlebred farms. Victor joined Brookdale in 1985. He and his wife Edith have three children: Elias, Angelica and Antonio.