Graded stakes winner Indian Ocean, who was retired this summer because of a tendon injury, will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla. Bred by George and Lee Ann Isaacs, the son of Stormy Atlantic registered three wins and two placings from five starts and earnings of $176,460 for Ernest and Maria Moody's Mercedes Stables and trainer Jay Robbins."With the combination of his racing class, stallion pedigree, and conformation, I feel he will offer tremendous potential and exceptional value to the Florida breeder," said Isaacs, Bridlewood general manager.Indian Ocean ran third to Surf Cat in the July 9 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park in his last start. Several weeks earlier, he defeated Surf Cat in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood in his first stakes try.
A half-brother to stakes winner Megan's Halo, Indian Ocean is out of the Halo mare Indian Halo and has successful sire Storm Bird in his immediate family. Indian Ocean will stand as the property of a partnership between Bridlewood and Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm.