“I want to know every bump
on every horse in my care.”
The spark that brought about Danzel Brendemuehl’s Classic Bloodstock came inadvertently via a 1973 Malibu, California fire. A longtime show rider of hunters and jumpers, Brendemuehl and her horses were relocated to Hollywood Park when raging wildfires threatened the beach community in which they lived. Within a day, the teenager was galloping horses on the track, and the experience ignited a passion for Thoroughbreds that has never been extinguished.
After attending college at the University of Hawaii during which she rode polo ponies, and a stint at a Pennsylvania advertising agency which allowed her time to ride with the hounds, Brendemuehl settled in South Florida, where she began a small boarding and breaking operation.
In 1996, Brendemuehl took her operation to the next level, and formed Classic Bloodstock. Within three years, she had her first major success, selecting future international star Fleetstreet Dancer from the Keeneland September Sale for $22,000. He would go on to earn over $1.7 million.
And the race was on.
Numerous other successful purchases and sales have followed, including $5.4 million Grade 1 winner Roses in May; C.C.A. Oaks (G1) winner Wonder Lady Anne L; multiple Graded stakes winner and NCR-setter Monterey Jazz; and five-time stakes winner of over half a million dollars Gimmeawink.
Now primarily a sales and training operation, Classic Bloodstock is based at the highly-regarded Eclipse Training Center in the heart of Ocala. Brendemuehl keeps a manageable number of horses, so she can personally touch and inspect every horse every day. This also allows her to attract and maintain staff, many of whom have been with Classic Bloodstock for years.
Brendemuehl’s philosophy pervades the Classic Bloodstock team: keep the horse’s needs first, keep it straight forward, and keep your eyes out for the next top horse. If things come out a bit unfiltered, that’s OK, because those that can stand the heat will reap the rewards of a top kitchen.