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  Grave Matters: Brookdale Farm, Versailles, Kentucky

Photos by Barbara Livingston ©Barbara Livingston 2003; all rights reserved.

Brookdale Farm
Brown Berry
Sweet Alliance
Top, the broodmare cemetery at BROOKDALE FARM. Bottom, left to right: graves of Ballade, Brown Berry, Sweet Alliance

BROOKDALE FARM, in Versailles, Kentucky, is owned by Fred Seitz, who named the farm after the area where he grew up in New Jersey, once part of the famed Brookdale Farm owned by H.P. Whitney in the early 1900s (where the champion HAMBURG is said to be buried).

The broodmare cemetery at BROOKDALE is the final resting place of mares owned by Brookdale's boarding clients. Windfield Farm's BALLADE was the dam of champions GLORIOUS SONG and DEVIL'S BAG, their full brother SAINT BALLADO, and the stakes winner THAIDAH. (There is also a memorial marker for Ballade in the Windfields Farm cemetery in Canada.) Windfields also owned Kentucky Oaks winner SWEET ALLIANCE, the dam of the champion and Irish Derby winner SHAREEF DANCER among her 3 stakes winners. Paul Sorren's mare BROWN BERRY produced 4 stakes winners including Belmont Stakes winner AVATAR, Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) winner HOURS AFTER, California Derby winner UNCONSCIOUS and major French stakes winner MONSEIGNEUR. -- A.P.

BROOKDALE FARM BURIALS (not a complete list):
Ballade (f.1972-1994)
Brown Berry (f.1960-1993)
Sweet Alliance (f.1974-1996)

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