America’s Best Racing: After the Runway (Video)

At the 2015 Keeneland September Sale we had the opportunity to represent Ms. Esther de Jong in the sale of her first yearling Hip 2309 Eskendereya/Suzee Sunrise.  America’s Best Racing did a four part series documenting this exciting time for Esther.

Part 1:  Meet International Model Esther de Jong

Part 2:  Enter Brookdale

Part 3:  Welcome to Keeneland

Part 4:  The Moment


Stopchargingmaria Wins Shuvee Handicap (G3) at Saratoga (Video)

Stopchargingmaria (4, f, Tale of the Cat/Exotic Bloom) earned another win at the Saratoga Race Course in the G3 Shuvee Handicap on Sunday. She battled down the stretch with Untapable but pulled away to win by a length.  Stopchargingmaria now has 4 wins in her 5 starts at Saratoga and a total of 8 wins in 14 career starts with earnings of $1,774,000.  She was bred in Kentucky by Harvey Clarke and Brookdale Farm LLC and was born and raised at Brookdale. Stopchargingmaria is a graduate of the 2012 Keeneland September Sale.

Stopchargingmaria1 the shuvee (4) 2015



WAR STORY third in West Virginia Derby (G2)

WAR STORY (3, g, Northern Afleet/Belle Watling) finished 3rd on Saturday in the G2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer. He was closing quickly down the stretch but just ran out of time to catch the leaders.  War Story now has earned $343,600 in just 8 starts. He was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain III and born and raised at Brookdale Farm.  He is a graduate of the 2013 Keeneland September Sale.



Fusaichi Red Wins Miss Woodford Stakes

Fusaichi Red (3,f, Fusaichi Pegasus/Gloomy I’m Knot) won by 3 and 3/4 lengths on Sunday in the Miss Woodford Stakes (70k) at Monmouth.  Coming off a 8 1/4 length victory last time out, Fusaichi Red continued her winning ways in her stakes debut.  She now has two wins in six starts with earnings of $103,420 and has never finished off the board. She was bred in Kentucky by Jack Anderson and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm.




Walk Close Wins G3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington

Walk Close (2011, f, Tapit/Spring Awakening) earned her first graded stakes win over the weekend in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park.  Walk Close now has 4 wins in 10 lifetime starts and earnings of $279,788.  She was bred in Kentucky by Brookdale Farm, Jon and Sarah Kelly, and Jack Swain and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. She was purchased by Highland Yard in the 2012 Keeneland September Sale for $180,000.

The Modesty Handicap


Noble Bird Wins G1 Stephen Foster Handicap (Video)

Noble Bird (11, c, Birdstone/Anyhow) earned his ticket to the Breeder’s Cup Classic with his G1 winning effort in the Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.  Coming off a 2nd place finish in the Alysheba Stakes (G2), Noble Bird took the lead at the final turn and was able to hold off a rally from Grade 1 winner Lea. Noble Bird now has 4 wins in just 10 starts and earnings of $531,278.  He was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. Noble Bird was purchased as a yearling for $105,000 by Mark Casse for John Oxley at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale.