Feeling the Bern

At just 15 years young, Bernardini is shaping the breed

In the Thoroughbred business - especially the stallion part of our industry - 15 years of age is pretty young. By this time, you certainly know what kind of impact a particular sire is making but sometimes you might not know the complete story.

That's why we are compelled to share some admirable statistics about Bernardini, a foal of 2003, both as a sire and as a broodmares sire. This body of work would be the envy of any stallion manager and chances for this degree of success to continue appear to be very, very good.

Here's a quick look at a few of his highlights as a sire:

  • 14 worldwide G1 winners, including two Travers winners

  • Only Tapit can top his 19 Graded Stakes winners on dirt over the past four years

  • More $500,000+ sales two-year-olds since 1980 than all other stallions bar Storm Cat

  • Yearlings and two-year-olds sold for $600k, $575k, $500k, $500k, etc., in 2018

  • Continued support from purchasers like Justin Casse, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Repole Stable, Steven Young, Bridlewood, Shadwell, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Mike Ryan

  • Only he and Tapit have two sire sons represented by G1 winners in the U.S. in 2018

Travers winner and Darley sire Alpha

Furtheremore, mares from his 2016 and 2017 books were chosen based on his then fee of $100,000.  Subsequently, if you were to breed to him in 2019, the above two crops will be 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds when you bring the resulting yearling to market.  He is the leader in both CI and CPI among all sires in his current stud fee range for both of the aforementioned years:

2016:  137 mares bred at $100,000

  • CI – 3.70
  • CPI – 6.18

2017:  123 mares bred at $100,000 

  • CI – 3.94
  • CPI – 3.85

Again, at such a young age, his growing influence on the breed extends through his daughters as well. He's already the broodmare sire of 25 Black type winners, 11 Group/Graded, including G1 Travers winner Catholic Boy and G1 Hollywood Derby winner Mo Town. When compared to all others as broodmares sires, through the same stage of their career, he's leading the pack:

If you'd like any additional information on Bernardini, please call a member of our noms team on (859) 255-8537.