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Bernardini in the Jockey Club Gold Cup
Sire A.P. Indy
Dam Cara Rafaela
Grandsire Seattle Slew
Damsire Quiet American
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2003
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Darley Stud
Owner Darley Stable
Trainer Thomas Albertrani
Record 8: 6-1-0
Earnings $3,060,480
Bernardini is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Cara Rafaela by A.P. Indy. He was born around 2003 in the United States, and was bred by Darley Stud.
Major wins

Jockey Club Gold Cup (2006)
Withers Stakes (2006)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2006)
Travers Stakes (2006)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (2006)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (2006)
Co-World Champion 3-Year-Old (2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 23, 2007

Bernardini is a thoroughbred race horse foaled on March 23, 2003 at Darley Stable in Kentucky. A son of A.P. Indy, he is out of Cara Rafaela who won almost a million dollars over the course of 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 won the 2006 Preakness Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:54.65 in the same race where Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was ultimately fatally injured.

Bernardini was ridden to victory in the Preakness by jockey Javier Castellano, and is trained by Thomas Albertrani. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, Bernadini is regally bred, with Belmont Stakes winner and 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy as his sire, and a bloodline that includes Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid, and Secretariat. By blood, he is related to Triple Crown contenders Real Quiet and Charismatic.

Bernardini's racing career began at age three at Gulfstream Park where he finished 4th in a maiden. After a lung infection kept him from racing for 2 months, he came back with a win at Gulfstream on March 4. On April 29, he easily won the Grade III Withers Stakes prior to going to the Preakness.

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, there were neither the Kentucky Derby winner nor the Preakness winner in the field. A spokesman for Sheik Mohammed's Darley Stable reasoned 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.

The ultimate goal for Bernardini in 2006 was the Breeders' Cup Classic on November 4, the most prestigious horse race in the country and a race that would most likely determine 2006 Horse of the Year honors.

In the race, Bernardini was never far back from the lead, and passed the frontrunner Brother Derek at the far turn. However, Bernardini was unable to hold his lead and he was passed by Invasor at the sixteenth pole and finished in second place, losing to Invasor by a length.

Bernardini was retired to stud, and stands for $60,000 at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable at Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.

He won the Eclipse Award for 3 Year Old Male of the Year for 2006.

Racing career









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 1 mi. Dirt Sloppy 1st
August 26, 2006 Travers Stakes Saratoga Race Course Saratoga Springs, New York 1¼ mi. Dirt Fast 1st
October 7, 2006 Jockey Club Gold Cup Belmont Park Elmont, New York 1¼ mi. Dirt Fast 1st
November 4, 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic Churchill Downs Louisville, Kentucky 1¼ mi. Dirt Fast 2nd


Pedigree of Bernardini
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning Boldnesian
Reason to Earn
My Charmer Poker
Fair Charmer
Weekend Surprise Secretariat Bold Ruler
Lassie Dear Buckpasser
Gay Missile
Cara Rafaela
Quiet American Fappiano Mr. Prospector
Demure Dr. Fager
Quiet Charm
Oil Fable Spectacular Bid Bold Bidder
Northern Fable Northern Dancer
Fareway Fable



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