Art Collector’s impressive win in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland wasn’t the only race on July 11th highlighting Bernardini’s burgeoning influence on the breed. About 600 miles to the Northeast at Delaware Park, Dunbar Road, out of the Bernardini mare Gift List, won the G2 Delaware Handicap (having already won the G1 Alabama in 2019), with a pair of Bernardini mares in Saracosa and Bellera taking the runner-up spots. Quite a feat for any stallion but with Bernardini these types of performances just keep coming.
The Bernardini effect...
The plan for Art Collector is an eventual start in the 2020 G1 Kentucky Derby. A win in this year’s renewal of the Run for the Roses would give Bernardini his 16th individual winner at the highest level. Digging a little deeper into “Bernie’s” growing sire resume, you’ll also find further success at every Graded level. In fact, since 2015, only Tapit and Curlin have sired more Graded winners on dirt than Bernardini.
Stallions by GS winners on dirt since 2015:
Having sired the likes of such top-level winners as Stay Thirsty and To Honor And Serve, Bernardini is also showing great success through his sons at stud. In fact, he has more G1 winners and Black Type winners as a paternal grandsire than any stallion age 17 or younger in the world.
Paternal grandsires age 17 or younger by G1 winners:
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Paternal grandsires age 17 or younger by BT winners:
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As previously mentioned, the filly Dunbar Road won the G1 Alabama last year but she was just one of an amazing five G1 winners out of Bernardini mares in 2019 along with Serengeti Empress (Kentucky Oaks), Maxfield (Breeders' Futurity), Wicked Whisper (Frizette Stakes), and Hunter O’Riley (United Nations Handicap).
With the addition of 2020 G1 Coaching Club American Oaks herione Paris Lights, Bernardini is now up to a total of nine G1 winners as a broodmare sire - more than any stallion age 20 or younger in the world.
Broodmare sires age 20 or younger by G1 winners:
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In fact, Bernardini has had more G1 winners, Graded Stakes winners and Black Type winners as a broodmare sire by age 17 than any stallion in history.
Broodmare sires by G1 winners at age 17:
Broodmare sires by Graded Stakes winners at age 17:
Broodmare sires by Black Type winners at age 17:
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