Bridlewood Stallions Join TrueNicks

Bridlewood Farm has long been one of Florida’s foremost nurseries, and we are delighted to announce that they have added their stallions to TrueNicks. Courtesy of the farm, breeders can now run unlimited complimentary TrueNicks reports for all Bridlewood stallions.

Current leader of the Bridlewood team is Put It Back (TrueNicks,SRO). A dual graded stakes-winning sprinter by Honour and Glory (by Relaunch), he has sired such notable speedsters as In Summation, Jessica is Back, Smokey Stover, Rising Fever, Black Bar Spin, and Hey Byrn, and also five grade I winners from his Southern Hemisphere crops, including Champions Requebra, Skypilot, and Nitido.

By the same sire as Put it Back is the brilliantly speedy Keyed Entry (TrueNicks), who set a new track record for seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III), while defeating First Samurai and running a Beyer Speed Figure of 110. Keyed Entry is in his second season in 2011.

Bridlewood’s Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava (TrueNicks) has been in the spotlight recently through up-and-coming West Coast star Gladding, winner of the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II). A son of Wild Again out of the Deputy Minister mare Rhythm of Life, Sarava defeated currently red-hot sire Medaglia d’Oro to achieve his classic triumph.

One of the success stories of the Bridlewood program is Stormy Atlantic, who began his career in Florida, before moving on to Kentucky where he has become a prolific stakes sire. Bridlewood stand one of his best sons in Indian Ocean (TrueNicks). Winner of the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III), Indian Ocean has an intriguing pedigree, as he is not only by a grandson of Storm Bird, but he also has Storm Bird’s sister, Oceana, as his third dam. Indian Ocean is off to a promising start, and had stakes winner Oceans of Honey among his first three-year-olds in 2010.

Still with the Storm Cat line, we come to the beautifully-bred Mr. Sekiguchi (TrueNicks), who is by Storm Cat out of a half sister to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall. That his looks matched his pedigree is evident from the fact that he topped the Keeneland September Sale, when falling to a bid of $8 million. Trained by Bob Baffert, Mr. Sekiguchi was injured before he was able to show the true measure of his talent, but he did win two of four starts, blitzing six furlongs in 1:08 2/5. Mr. Sekiguchi, who covered 97 mares in his first season at stud, will have his first runners in 2011.

On the subject of stallion pedigrees, we can’t overlook Act of Duty and Sabre d’Argent. A son of Mr. Prospector, Act of Duty (TrueNicks) is three-parts-brother to Northern Afleet, who started in Florida and earned a move to Kentucky, and who is currently the Leading Sire of 2011. A $3,600,000 yearling, Act of Duty was Florida’s third leading active second season sire by earnings, his 2010 first crop three-year-olds including the Tropical Park Derby (gr. III) hero Fly By Phil. Sabre d'Argent (TrueNicks) is by one major sire whose early career was nurtured in Florida, Kris S., and is a half brother to another, Exchange Rate. Sabre d’Argent won three of his first four starts while racing in England, including the Rose of Lancashire Stakes (gr. III), and was also graded stakes-placed in the U.S. His first crop are three-year-olds of 2011.

Completing Bridlewood’s Florida roster are Mach Ride, Yesbyjimminy, and Wagon Limit. Mach Ride (TrueNicks), by Pentelicus (a three-parts-brother to Unbridled), was a sprinter with electrifying early pace. He captured the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), and earned places in several other major stakes, including the King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) and Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I). Yesbyjimminy (TrueNicks) – out of a three-parts-sister to the dam of young Florida sire sensation, Wildcat Her – is a son of former Florida standout Yes It’s True. He won four of five sprint starts at two, including a pair of stakes, and went on to add five more black-type triumphs at three and four, the most notable of these coming in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III).

Wagon Limit (TrueNicks) upset superstars Skip Away and Gentleman to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). The son of Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, Wagon Limit has the highest average earnings per starter of any sire in Florida, and his offspring have including the multiple grade I winning millionaire Silver Wagon, and stakes winners Rehoboth, Distinguish, and Riddle.

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