Linda Appleton Potter of Bridlewood Farms
ter number was Grade 1 stakes winner Musical Romance, who collected the 2011 Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. Joining her were Grade 1 stakes winner Turbulent Descent, Grade 2 stakes winner Tackleberry, as well as stakes winners Candrea, Shadowbdancing and Vuelve Ruben M. Musical Romance, Turbulent Descent, and Candrea were all honored as 2011 Florida-bred champions. Musical Romance rolled to five stakes wins, including two graded, on her way to becoming an Eclipse champion and millionaire. At her Calder homebase, she won the U Can Do It Stakes, Ema Bovary Stakes and Barb’s Dancer Stakes. Owned by Pinnacle Racing Stable and trainer Bill Kaplan, Musical Romance made her first start out of the state a winning one. The Concorde’s Tune filly posted her first graded stakes win with a tally in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G2) on September 10. Then supplemented for $130,000 to the Breeders’Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), Musical Romance proved the investment was a wise one. She closed with a rally coming into the stretch and went on to win by a length and a quarter. The Grade 1 victory brought her seasonal earnings to $1,040,734. She was subsequently named the Floridabred and Eclipse champion female sprinter, as well as the Florida-bred champion older female and Florida-bred Horse of the Year. Musical Romance was consigned by Ocala Stud, J. Michael O’Farrell Jr., president, to the 2009 OBS April juvenile sale. There she was purchased by Bill Kaplan, agent, for Pinnacle Racing Stable, which was founded and is managed by Adam Lazarus. To date in 2012, Musical Romance has captured the Inside Information Stakes (G2) on March 17 at Gulfstream Park. She was also fourth in the Vinery Madison Stakes Apr. 12 to winner Groupie Doll and on May 5 at Churchill Downs, Musical Romance posted a second to Groupie Doll in the Human Distaff Stakes (G1). In 2011, Turbulent Descent won the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Test Stakes (G1) and Beaumont Stakes (G2). She was also second in both the Acorn Stakes (G1) and
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Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) to bank $530,000 on the year. Turbulent Descent was named the 2011 Florida-bred champion 3-year-old filly. Ocala Stud sold Turbulent Descent for $160,000 to current owner Blinkers On Racing Stable at the 2010 OBS April juvenile sale. Tackleberry won the 2011 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes (G2) and Sunshine Millions Classic. On the season, he earned $599,667. Owner/trainer Luis Olivares purchased Tackleberry privately as a two year old from Ocala Stud. Candrea, who was named the 2011 Florida-bred champion 2-year-old filly, won the Phil D. Shepherd Stakes and was second in the Oak Leaf Stakes (G1). Candrea races for Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman and is trained by Bob Baffert. Ocala Stud sold the Trippi filly for $340,000 to Smack Down Farm at the 2011 OBS March juvenile sale. Vuelve Ruben M., a 3-year-old Concerto gelding who is a half-brother to Musical Romance, won a trio of 2011 stakes in Puerto Rico. He captured the Clasico Washington, Clasico Angel T., and Copa 4 De Julio. Veteran campaigner Shadowbdancing, a 6-year-old horse by Montbrook, won the 2011 Mountaineer Mile Stakes and to date in 2012 won the Jim Rasmussen Memorial Stakes.
✺ BRIDLEWOOD FARM – 30 Founded in 1977 by the late Arthur and Martha Appleton, Bridlewood Farm has been a successful mainstay in the Florida Thoroughbred industry. Among the scores of outstanding racehorses bred over the decades by Appleton were Florida-bred millionaires David Junior, Southern Image, Forbidden Apple, Black Bar Spin, Super Nakayama, In Summation and Jolie’s Halo. Following Appleton’s death on January 15, 2008, the farm’s ownership shifted to The Appleton Family Trust. Primarily a breed-to-race operation during Appleton’s lifetime, Bridlewood Farm’s focus is now a commercial one. The farm also remains a vital stallion station, standing such successful leading Florida sires as the late Halo’s Image and currently Put It Back. Another change that occurred following Appleton’s death was a switch in how the farm’s foals were registered with The Jockey Club. Instead of in Appleton’s name as they had been registered for decades, that was changed to Bridlewood Farm. That has also led to two entries when it comes to Florida-bred earnings and Florida-bred runners. In 2011, Florida-bred runners bred by Appleton posted earnings of $1,442,261 with Bridlewood Farmbred runners posting earnings of $1,222,060. Appleton was represented by three Florida-bred stakes winners and
The Florida Horse magazine 2012 annual directory