11/19/2014 5:38PM

Aikenite moves to Bridlewood Farm in Florida


Grade 2 winner Aikenite will relocate to John and Leslie Malone’s Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., for the 2015 breeding season.

The 7-year-old son of Yes It’s True stood his first two seasons at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky. His first foals will be yearlings of 2015.

Aikenite won five of 24 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $875,385, highlighted by victories in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes and Commonwealth Stakes. His six additional graded placings include the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity, Hopeful Stakes, and Forego Stakes.

Todd Pletcher trained Aikenite during his four seasons of racing for Dogwood Stable.

“Aikenite is that rare blend of brilliance and soundness so needed in our industry, and he’s a gorgeous horse to look at,” said Bridlewood general manager George G. Isaacs. “He was precocious enough to win his debut at Saratoga, and had enough stamina to place in a nine-furlong Grade 2 on the Triple Crown trail. He won two important seven-furlong stakes at four, and finished his career with 24 starts from coast to coast. He is also an excellent outcross for Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector, and with his strong Florida ties I feel he makes a great addition to the Bridlewood stallion ranks.”

Bred in Florida by Brylynn Farm, Aikenite is out of the unplaced Saint Ballado mare Silverlado, whose three foals to race are all winners. He is from the family of Group 3 winners Love of Silver and Kuaicoss.