Brookdale Grad WAR STORY (5,g, Northern Afleet/Belle Watling) pulled away in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths on Saturday in the G2 Brooklyn Invitational at Belmont Park. With the win he bypassed the million dollar mark for earnings, and has now earned $1,154,305 in 21 lifetime starts. War Story was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. He is a graduate of the 2013 Keeneland Septemebr Sale.
Big Boy Candy (2,c, Twirling Candy/Ada Clare) put on quite a show on Sunday at Santa Anita by breaking his maiden by over 8 lengths in his career debut. Big Boy Candy was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain and was raised at Brookdale Farm. He is a graduate of the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.
Jack Swain homebred LOTTIE (4,f, Arch/Apple Charlotte) sat off the pace for the majority of the race and made a strong move in the stretch on Friday to win by half a length. Lottie was bred in Kentucky by owner/breeder Jack Swain and was raised at Brookdale Farm. In her 9 career starts she has now earned $130,000.
GHALIA (3,f, Medaglia d’Oro/Verdana Bold) remained undefeated on Sunday with her win in the Sunland Park Oaks. Jumping up to stakes company for the first time proved to be no problem as Ghalia was determined down the stretch to win by a neck. She has earned $166,800 in her three starts. Ghalia was purchased for $600,000 as a foal at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale for Sumaya US Stables and was raised at Brookdale Farm.
IRISH WAR CRY (3,c, Curlin/Irish Sovereign) handled his first graded stakes race like he had his previous 2 starts, with a win. The undefeated three year old colt by Curlin took the lead at the beginning of the race and never looked back winning by 3 and 3/4 lengths. IRISH WAR CRY was bred in New Jersey by Isabelle de Tomaso and has now earned $295,460.
The first reported foal from the initial crop by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born at Brookdale Farm early morning Jan. 3.
Born at 12:30 a.m., the bay colt is the first foal out of the Tizway mare Kakadu. Kakadu is a half sister to multiple grade stakes winner Protonico and is from the immediate female family of Chilean champion and grade 1 winner Wild Spirit.
“It’s very exciting,” said Fred Seitz Jr. of Brookdale Farm. “For a first foal, he’s a very nice, very attractive type. Personality wise, I think he seems like he’s going to take after his dad with that mellow-type personality. Most babies are kind of skittish and want to run around behind their mother but he’s not that type. You walk in the stall and he comes right up to you and starts chewing on your hand. He seems to be real bold and have that fun personality.
“He’s what you look for if you’re breeding Thoroughbreds, I think.”
Kakadu is owned by Oussama Aboughazale of International Equities Holding Co. Seitz said the owners have not made a decision yet on who Kakadu would be bred to in 2017 but that the decision to be part of American Pharoah’s first book was close to a no-brainer on their end.
“The owner has the whole family. He has the sister, a couple brothers, and also has sons of the sister already of this mare,” Seitz said. “He and we regard this as a very nice, up-and-coming family. When American Pharoah retired, it was obvious he wanted to breed a couple mares to him.”
War Story (4, g, Northern Afleet/Belle Watling) found himself back in the winner’s circle on Saturday at Aqueduct winning by 7 and 3/4 lengths in the Queens Country Stakes. War Story has 4 wins in 17 starts and earnings of $559,395. He was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. War Story is a graduate of the 2013 Keeneland September Sale.
Miss Mo Kelly (4, Congrats/Saratoga Drive) won the She’s All In Handicap at Remington Park on Sunday. She was bred in Kentucky by Delfiner Partners, and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. She now has three wins in 18 starts and earnings of $216,841.
Brookdale Sales started off the November Sales strong, selling three 7 figure mares. At the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, multiple G1 Placed PAID UP SUBSCRIBER sold for $1,100,000 to White Birch Stable. Shortly after that, WHATDREAMSRMADEOF, the dam of multiple G1 Winner CURALINA sold for $1,650,000 to Summer Wind Equine.
Over at Keeneland, G1 Winner PAOLA QUEEN demanded everyone’s attention and was hammered down at the price of $1,700,000 to Tom Ryan’s SF Bloodstock.
This sale capped off a strong sales year for Brookdale, which grossed over $14 million in sales for 2016.
Brookdale Grad HARMONIZE (3, f, Scat Daddy/Mesa Fresca) excelled down the stretch to capture the G1 Del Mar Oaks by a head yesterday afternoon. She now has 4 wins in 9 starts and earnings of $484,260. She was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain III and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. She is a graduate of the 2014 Keeneland Septemebr Sale.