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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fort Loudon to stand at Bridlewood for 2015

Fort Loudon, a graded stakes winner of nearly $1 million, will stand his first season at stud in 2015 at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. His fee is $4,000 live foal stands and nurses, and he'll stand as the property of a syndicate. 

By Awesome of Course and out of the graded stakes-winning and million dollar-earning mare Lottsa Talc, by Talc, Fort Loudon swept the male division of the 2011 Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course. After breaking his maiden there by 10 lengths for owner Jacks or Better Farm of Ocala, Fort Loudon won the $75,000 Dr. Fager division of the FSS at six furlongs before winning the $125,000 Affirmed division of the FSS at seven furlongs. He then went on to take the $300,000 In Reality division to give himself a sweep of the lucrative series, joining other Jacks or Better homebreds Jackson Bend (2009) and Awesome Feather (2010) on the list of only 12 horses that have swept the 31-year-old series.

Fort Loudon came back just as strong as a 3-year-old, winning the $75,000 In Summation Stakes, $75,000 Unbridled Stakes and the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes, all at Calder. At age four, Fort Loudon won the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Challenge and was third in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Exemplifying his soundness and constitution, Fort Loudon also raced at age five, finishing second to Singanothersong in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

"For me, Fort Loudon offers everything Florida Breeders are looking for,” George G. Issacs, farm manager at Bridlewood, said. “He is a strong, physical and very precocious horse. Plus, he had proven soundness as an older horse. What's not to like!”

Fort Loudon finished his career with earnings of $931,973, winning eight of his 30 career starts with four seconds and four thirds. For more information, contact George Isaacs at 352-622-5319.