Media Mogul John C. Malone Buys Bridlewood Farm

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John C. Malone, owner of Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. John C. Malone, owner of Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Renowned Thoroughbred nursery Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, FL has been purchased by prominent American businessman John C. Malone and his wife Leslie, and the property and its operations have been turned over to new ownership effective Thursday, Aug. 1.

Malone is the Chairman of Liberty Media Corp. based in Englewood, CO, and Leslie is a lifelong horse lover, equestrian, and major supporter of the United States Olympic Dressage Team.

“We are all very excited about the future of the farm,” said longtime Bridlewood general manager George Isaacs. “The Malones will be great stewards of the property, and are going to dedicate the resources to allow us to do what we do best – breed, raise, sell, and go to the races with their horses.”

Built in 1976 by the late Arthur I. Appleton, Bridlewood Farm has been a staple in the Florida Thoroughbred industry and a perennial leading breeder in North America. Over last 37 years, the farm has bred well over 100 stakes winners, 12 Grade 1 winners, and numerous Florida champions such as Jolie’s Halo, Forbidden Apple, Wild Event, Southern Image, David Junior, Eden’s Moon, and more. Bridlewood has also raised and trained several outside horses, most notably 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) & Preakness S. (G1) winner Smarty Jones. It’s also been home to such blue-hen mares as North Of Eden (Ire), dam of Bridlewood-bred Grade 1 winners Paradise Creek and the aforementioned Wild Event and Forbidden Apple, and granddam to such current top performers as aforementioned Grade 1 winner Eden’s Moon.

Bridlewood has also had a long and prominent stallion operation, standing such leading Florida sires as Silver Buck, Jolie’s Halo, My Gallant, Buckaroo, Skip Trial, Stormy Atlantic, and Halo’s Image. Currently, Bridlewood is home to 10 active stallions, including Florida’s reigning champion sire Put It Back.

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  • Kathy Agel

    The best to them. Now, if they’d only allow DirecTV (which Liberty Media controls) to pick up HRTV so DirecTV subscribers would have a choice instead of just TVG.

  • Don Reed

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.” P.T. Barnum.

  • Richard C

    This is an investment….due to the love of the game and for the long run.

    • zchairman

      Trust me, there is no such thing as a good investment in the horse business. If it was in the horse farm sector, half the farms in KY would not be in receivership. I hope he and his wife are doing it for the love of the horse and not the money, because they will be much happier if that is the case.

  • FPope

    This is an exciting development. John Malone is not a casual participant.

    I can’t imagine a better farm manager and advisor for him than George Isaacs.

    This is a real shot in the arm for Florida.

    • janna

      true….I’ve had the pleasure to meet George and he is a true great horseman no nonsense with George and he “ll tell it like it is..a goodman this is good for Florida and hopefully Mr. Malone will keep management at the farm as it is

  • Jan Cross

    Leroidesonimeux is reigning champion sire in FL and the world

  • betterthannothing

    Because Malone is the largest land owner in the country with about 2.2 million acres, ahead of his old friend Ted Turner, I agree with those who believe that this purchase could be a small land investment and not necessarily a way to get into the horse racing business.

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