08/01/2013 3:54PM

Media businessman John Malone buys Bridlewood Farm

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Bridlewood Farm in Ocala Fla., one of the state’s top breeding operations, has been purchased by media company chairman John C. Malone and his wife Leslie.

Built in 1976 by the late Arthur I. Appleton, Bridlewood Farm is perennial leader in Florida’s breeding industry and an international-level producer of racehorses. The farm has bred over 100 stakes winners, including 12 Grade 1 winners such as Jolie’s Halo, Forbidden Apple, Wild Event, Southern Image, David Junior, and Eden’s Moon. Bridlewood has also raised and trained several notable horses, including champion Smarty Jones.

Malone is the chairman of Liberty Media Corp., based in Englewood, Colo. The company’s subsidiaries include SiriusXM, TruePosition Inc., and Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. Liberty Media Corp. also has an interest in Charter Communications, Live Nation and Barnes & Noble, and minority equity investments in Time Warner and Viacom.

Leslie Malone is a lifelong horse lover, equestrian, and major supporter of the U.S. 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.”

Bridlewood Farm currently stands nine stallions at its Ocala property: Backtalk, Forty Grams, Keyed Entry, Mach Ride, Put It Back, Seeking the Dia, Thunder Moccasin, Wagon Limit, and Yesbyjimminy. In the past, the farm has stood leading Florida sires, Silver Buck, Jolie’s Halo, My Gallant, Buckaroo, Skip Trial, Stormy Atlantic, and Halo’s Image.