Written by Jess Martini
Bridlewood Farm, now owned by Leslie and John Malone, has made headlines as a leading buyer at recent bloodstock sales, but Tuesday’s session topper at OBS April marked a successful return to the pinhooking arena for the historic Ocala-based farm.
“We did pinhooking for years under the old Bridlewood and it was one of my goals when the Malones bought Bridlewood that we would get back into pinhooking on a very limited, quality, basis,” explained longtime Bridlewood general manager George Isaacs.
On behalf of Bridlewood, Isaacs signed the ticket on the Into Mischief colt at $100,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. The youngster was one of seven Isaacs purchased to pinhook last fall.
“He is by a very good stallion and out of a stakes-winning mare,” Isaacs said of the colt’s appeal. “When I bought him at Keeneland September, I thought I bought him at good value. And everything went right. I want to give Jonathan Thomas credit for the job he did preparing the horse at the farm–he made my job easy.”
Bridlewood will continue to be a part of the pinhooking scene on a limited basis going forward, according to Isaacs.
“I want it to be strictly boutique,” he said. “I want people to know that we’re offering quality horses. That they vet and that we are representing quality.”