Triple Crown classic race wins:
Preakness Stakes (2006)
|U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (2006)
Co-World Champion 3-Year-Old (2006)
|Last updated on January 23, 2007|
A son of A.P. Indy, he is out of Cara Rafaela, who won almost a million dollars during her racing career. Her sire was Quiet American, who also produced Real Quiet, a horse that came within a nose of winning the 1998 Triple Crown.
Bernardini's racing career began at age three at Gulfstream Park where he finished 4th in a maiden race. After a lung infection kept him from racing for 2 months, he came back with a 73⁄4 length win in a Maiden Special Weight over one mile at Gulfstream. On April 29, he easily won the Grade III Withers Stakes prior to going to the Preakness. Bernardini won the 2006 Preakness Stakes by 51⁄4 lengths in a time of 1:54.65, in the same race where Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro suffered the hind leg fracture that ultimately led to the Derby winner's death.
After his Preakness win, Sheik Mohammed decided that Bernardini would not race in the June 10 Belmont Stakes, which meant that for only the 4th time in 60 years, neither the Kentucky Derby winner nor the Preakness winner was in the field. A spokesman for Sheik Mohammed's Darley Stable said that "...(Bernardini) climbed the ladder of competition quite quickly" and that "he deserves the break." Bernardini returned to the races on July 30 at Saratoga Race Course with a 10-length victory in the Jim Dandy Stakes over Minister's Bid. On August 26, 2006, he won the Travers Stakes, also in Saratoga, by 7 lengths over Haskell Invitational winner and Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes runner-up, Bluegrass Cat. In the October 7 Jockey Club Gold Cup, Bernardini earned a 117 Beyer figure in a winning effort.
In the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, Bernardini tracked near the lead and passed the frontrunner, Brother Derek, at the quarter pole. He fought to hold off Invasor at the sixteenth pole but fell short by a length, finishing second.
In his first crop, he sired Travers Stakes winner and Belmont Stakes runner-up Stay Thirsty, Group I stakes winner Biondetti, Grade I winners A Z Warrior and To Honor and Serve, and graded stakes winner Theysken's Theory. His second crop may prove as strong or stronger than the first, with graded stakes—winning colts Alpha and Algorithms.
Bernardini's success as a sire has attracted many top broodmares and racemares. On January 26, 2011, Jerry Moss and his wife Ann announced that Bernardini would be the first mate of the 2010 Horse of the Year when Zenyatta was booked to him later that season. She foaled in March 2012. Zenyatta's dam and 2008 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Vertigineux produced a Bernardini filly named Eblouissante in 2009.
|January 7, 2006||Maiden Special Weight||Gulfstream Park||Hallandale Beach, Florida||6 fur.||Dirt||Fast||4th|
|March 4, 2006||Maiden Special Weight||Gulfstream Park||Hallandale Beach, Florida||1 mi.||Dirt||Fast||1st|
|April 29, 2006||Withers Stakes||Aqueduct Racetrack||New York City, New York||1 mi.||Dirt||Fast||1st|
|May 20, 2006||Preakness Stakes||Pimlico Race Course||Baltimore, Maryland||13⁄16 mi.||Dirt||Fast||1st|
|July 30, 2006||Jim Dandy Stakes||Saratoga Race Course||Saratoga Springs, New York||11⁄8 mi.||Dirt||Sloppy||1st|
|August 26, 2006||Travers Stakes||Saratoga Race Course||Saratoga Springs, New York||11⁄4 mi.||Dirt||Fast||1st|
|October 7, 2006||Jockey Club Gold Cup||Belmont Park||Elmont, New York||11⁄4 mi.||Dirt||Fast||1st|
|November 4, 2006||Breeders' Cup Classic||Churchill Downs||Louisville, Kentucky||11⁄4 mi.||Dirt||Fast||2nd|
|Seattle Slew||Bold Reasoning||Boldnesian|
|Reason to Earn|
|Weekend Surprise||Secretariat||Bold Ruler|
|Quiet American||Fappiano||Mr. Prospector|
|Oil Fable||Spectacular Bid||Bold Bidder|
|Northern Fable||Northern Dancer|