Bridlewood Farm History

Bridlewood Farm epitomizes the most quintessential large-scale, turn-key Thoroughbred breeding and training operation in Florida today. Originally built in 1976 from the ground up, the farm has been meticulously maintained throughout the years with the horses' health, safety and development being paramount.

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Located in the northwest portion of Ocala's Marion County, the farm naturally lies in the most prolific sector known for its soil and mineral content. Designed by horsemen, the divisional layout, balance, flow and symmetry of the farm make it seamless and extremely functional to operate.

Bridlewood Farm's proximity to Interstate 75, OBS, FTBOA, the Ocala Airport, HITS and all major veterinary clinics makes it the ideal hub for Thoroughbred business needs. Ocala's Business District, hospitals and restaurants are all located just a short distance away from the farm. There is, perhaps, no other farm in Ocala that offers this central location and facility. All of these qualities comprised the very reasoning behind the decision of Bridlewood's late owner Arthur I. Appleton to handpick this location four decades ago.

Founded in 1976 by Appleton and his wife, Martha, Bridlewood Farm has represented excellence for 36 years in its quest to breed, raise, train and produce quality racehorses. Well over 100 Stakes Winners and dozens of graded stakes winners have been bred by the farm, including 10 Grade 1 winners at the highest level the industry has to offer. Florida Champions such as JOLIE'S HALO, WILD EVENT, FORBIDDEN APPLE, SOUTHERN IMAGE and DAVID JUNIOR are products of the Bridlewood breeding and training program, along with countless equine millionaires.

In 2004, Bridlewood grabbed international acclaim for training and managing SMARTY JONES, who won his first eight out of nine races including the prestigious Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) before narrowly being defeated in the Belmont S. (G1) -- final jewel of the hallowed Triple Crown. Our recent training program graduates include such current performers as top 3-year-old filly EDEN'S MOON (G1), top filly and mare sprinter IT'S ME MOM, and more.

For years, the Appleton name and Bridlewood have been a staple among the industry's leading breeders, perennially ranking on top in Florida and in the Top 10 in all of North America. Leading Florida stallions, MY GALLANT, BUCKAROO, SKIP TRIAL, STORMY ATLANTIC and HALO'S IMAGE, all stood at Bridlewood Farm. Currently, leading Florida sire PUT IT BACK calls Bridlewood home.

Arthur I. Appleton
1915 - 2008

Arthur Appleton's passion, leadership, vision, style and skills were evident in all of his life's endeavors, and it is those qualities that are present today at Bridlewood Farm.

Under Mr. Appleton's guidance, Bridlewood Farm was and continues to be recognized as one of the leaders of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.

"He was a rock to his family, friends, and employees at Bridlewood Farm," said George G. Isaacs, general manager at Bridlewood. "He was a big dreamer and he lived his dreams.

"Anyone who knew Mr. Appleton knows he left nothing to chance. He put the groundwork in place several years ago so that Bridlewood Farm would continue to be his and his family's proud legacy and flourish as the industry stalwart that it has become."

Headline: Corfu, record Saratoga Special (G2) winner by Malibu Moon, retires to Bridlewood
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Summary:Corfu, Malibu Moon’s top juvenile of 2013 who set a new stakes record in the Saratoga Special S. (G2)...

Corfu, Malibu Moon’s top juvenile of 2013 who set a new stakes record in the Saratoga Special S. (G2), has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at John & Leslie Malone’s Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, FL. Corfu’s introductory fee is $3,500 stands and nurses, and he’s available immediately for inspection at Bridlewood upon appointment.

“We are very excited about Corfu and his tremendous potential as a stallion at Bridlewood,” said George G. Isaacs, Bridlewood general manager. “Corfu demonstrated precociousness and brilliance on the track, and he’s a very good physical by a current top sire. I firmly believe Florida breeders are going to love him. Corfu is available for inspection immediately, and I invite people to come out to the farm and see just how impressive he is.”

Corfu was a leading 2-year-old both in the sales ring and on the racetrack in 2013. The handsome son of leading sire Malibu Moon topped the Barretts March Select Sale for 2-year-olds in training earlier in the year, commanding $675,000 from Demi O’Byrne after breezing a quarter of a mile in :20 4/5 seconds.

Corfu was given to trainer Todd Pletcher and pointed for the prestigious Saratoga summer meeting, where he impressively broke his maiden in July at first asking in :58 1/5 seconds for the five-furlong Maiden Special heat. Coming back just 17 days later, Corfu led at every call to score his biggest career win in the Saratoga Special S. (G2) in a dazzling 1:15.57, setting a new stakes record in the 6 ½-furlong event that has been contested at that distance since 1994.

The speedy Corfu was also runner-up in the Futurity S. (G2) at Belmont in September after setting a blazing opening half-mile in :44 3/5 seconds. An earner of $214,200 on the track, Corfu is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Fashion Cat, a half-sister to the three-time Grade 1-winning and $3 million-earning Florida-bred, Peace Rules.

For more information about Corfu or to schedule an inspection appointment, please contact George at 352-622-5319 or visit

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Headline: Flay Mignon fine in Jersey Juvenile
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Yesbyjimminy's leading 2-year-old Flay Mignon got her second career stakes win Saturday at Monmouth Park with a dominating win in the $60,000 Jersey Juvenile S. Yesbyjimminy if Florida's only freshman sire with a stakes winner from his first crop.

Ridden by Paco Lopez, Flay Mignon covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11 flat to secure her third win in four starts, including a win in the $78,000 Colleen S. two months ago over the same track.

“I’m just glad to be here in New Jersey and to have a nice horse like this,” said winning trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. “She’s one of the nicest 2-year-olds in the barn. She’s shown how good she is and that she can run on anything.”

Plesa trains Flay Mignon for his wife Laurie, also the filly's breeder.

Inner Goddess is Yesbyjimminy's fourth winner

Inner Goddess gave Yesbyjimminy his fourth winner from his first crop with a victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight affair Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 2-year-old filly, like Flay Mignon, is trained by Eddie Plesa and owned and bred by the trainer along with David Melin.

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Inquiries to: George G. Isaacs
8318 N.W. 90th Terrace • Ocala, Florida 34482
Telephone: (352) 622-5319 • FAX: (352) 622-2069

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