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Saturday, January 21, 2017

First foal is a colt for Chitu

Bridlewood Farm’s Chitu sired his first reported foal Friday, Jan. 6th when a chestnut colt was born at Hacienda De La Oca Farm in Ocala, FL.

“He is very nice and getting nicer every day. Very correct and balanced, and lots of energy,” said John Ocasio, breeder of the colt from the Silver Train mare Hailee's Act.

“In my eyes, this colt looks like a spitting image of his sire, who is an exceptional individual himself” added George Isaacs, Bridlewood General Manager. “If Chitu stamps them all like this, we will be well on our way.”

On the track, Chitu was an undefeated 2-year-old after being purchased for $300,000 at OBS March Select by trainer Bob Baffert on behalf of owner Susan Chu’s Tanma Corporation. At three, the imposing chestnut stretched out around two turns and was runner-up in the Robert Lewis S. (G2) at Santa Anita, before earning his way into the Kentucky Derby with a victory in the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Derby (G3). 

Chitu returned to sprinting and won the Damascus S. on the Breeders’ Cup undercard, and he closed out his 3-year-old campaign by placing in the Malibu S. (G1) at Santa Anita, yielding late to champion Shared Belief to be beaten only three-quarters of a length in the latter. He retired to Bridlewood with earnings of $597,800.

By champion Beholder’s sire, Henny Hughes, Chitu is out of the A.P. Indy mare Sea Gift. He proved to be one of the most popular stallions in Florida in 2016, breeding 77 mares in his first book. Chitu is set to stand his second season at Bridlewood for a fee of $4,500 stands and nurses.

For more information about Chitu, please contact George Isaacs at 352-622-5319, or visit BridlewoodFarm.com.