Brookdale Farm, situated one mile from downtown Versailles, was founded in 1983 by Fred Seitz. He named the farm after the place where he was raised, a training farm near Lincroft, New Jersey. The original farm has since been converted into a community college and a state park, still bearing the name Brookdale.
Brookdale Farm currently operates as a boarding and sales preparation facility, but in the past was a full service breeding farm. Brookdale has been home to such top stallions as two-time Leading Sire Deputy Minister, Crafty Prospector, Forest Wildcat and Silver Deputy. Nearly 80 seasonal and year-round boarding mares, and around 40 sales or race yearlings, currently reside at Brookdale.
Since 1983, Brookdale Farm has been the home of numerous Grade I winners and Graded Stakes producers, including Safely Kept, Exotic Wood, Twice the Vice, Ballade, Sweet Alliance, Brown Berry, Watch the Time, Diva’s Debut, and Ivory Dawn, to name a few. The first crop of foals born at Brookdale (totaling 24) in 1984 included European champions Bluebird and Soviet Star, and three other stakes winners.