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Bridlewood blue hen North Of Eden dies

BRIDLEWOOD Farm foundation mare North Of Eden has died of natural causes and been buried at the Ocala-based farm’s thoroughbred cemetery. She was 28.

North Of Eden was bred in Ireland by Bert and Diana Firestone. She was by Northfields and out of the Sassafras mare Tree Of Knowledge, making her a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and sire Theatrical and to Japanese Grade 1 scorer Taiki Blizzard.

She ranks as one of the premier US broodmares of recent times, having produced three individual Grade 1 winners: Forbidden Apple, Paradise Creek and Wild Event. Together that trio captured 19 Graded races including six Grade 1s.

Paradise Creek, whose victories included the Arlington Million and Hollywood Derby, earned over $3.4 million; Manhattan Handicap winner Forbidden Apple earned over $1.6 million; and Early Times Turf Classic winner Wild Event was just shy of being North Of Eden's third millionaire with career earnings of $937,274.

North Of Edenalso produced stakes winner I’m Very Irish and her daughter Paradise River produced Champion Stakes, Dubai Duty Free and Eclipse hero David Junior. Bridlewood bred all of the mare’s offspring and also David Junior.

Bridlewood general manager George G. Isaacs said: "North Of Eden was and will always be the pride of Bridlewood Farm. To be blessed and associated with such a magnificent blue-hen mare is every serious horse breeder's dream come true.

"The odds of any mare having two, let alone three, Grade 1 winners, another stakes winner and a daughter becoming a Grade 1 producer, is truly astronomical if you think about it.

"She was revered here at the farm because we all knew how special she was. She was laid to rest in our private cemetery here at the farm."

 

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