Brookdale Grad WAR STORY (5,g, Northern Afleet/Belle Watling) pulled away in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths on Saturday in the G2 Brooklyn Invitational at Belmont Park. With the win he bypassed the million dollar mark for earnings, and has now earned $1,154,305 in 21 lifetime starts. War Story was bred in Kentucky by Jack Swain and was born and raised at Brookdale Farm. He is a graduate of the 2013 Keeneland Septemebr Sale.
IRISH WAR CRY (3,c, Curlin/Irish Sovereign) handled his first graded stakes race like he had his previous 2 starts, with a win. The undefeated three year old colt by Curlin took the lead at the beginning of the race and never looked back winning by 3 and 3/4 lengths. IRISH WAR CRY was bred in New Jersey by Isabelle de Tomaso and has now earned $295,460.
The first reported foal from the initial crop by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born at Brookdale Farm early morning Jan. 3.
Born at 12:30 a.m., the bay colt is the first foal out of the Tizway mare Kakadu. Kakadu is a half sister to multiple grade stakes winner Protonico and is from the immediate female family of Chilean champion and grade 1 winner Wild Spirit.
“It’s very exciting,” said Fred Seitz Jr. of Brookdale Farm. “For a first foal, he’s a very nice, very attractive type. Personality wise, I think he seems like he’s going to take after his dad with that mellow-type personality. Most babies are kind of skittish and want to run around behind their mother but he’s not that type. You walk in the stall and he comes right up to you and starts chewing on your hand. He seems to be real bold and have that fun personality.
“He’s what you look for if you’re breeding Thoroughbreds, I think.”
Kakadu is owned by Oussama Aboughazale of International Equities Holding Co. Seitz said the owners have not made a decision yet on who Kakadu would be bred to in 2017 but that the decision to be part of American Pharoah’s first book was close to a no-brainer on their end.
“The owner has the whole family. He has the sister, a couple brothers, and also has sons of the sister already of this mare,” Seitz said. “He and we regard this as a very nice, up-and-coming family. When American Pharoah retired, it was obvious he wanted to breed a couple mares to him.”