Feeling the Bern

At just 16 years young, Bernardini is shaping the breed

In the Thoroughbred business - especially the stallion part of our industry - 16 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, as well as a grandsire and broodmare 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:

  • 15 worldwide G1 winners, including two Travers winners

  • Only Tapit can top his 20 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

In addition - and at the young age of 16 - his influence is also being passed along through his sire sons and broodmare daughters. A few more facts:

  • Bernardini is the youngest sire in the world with more than 10 Black Type winners as a grandsire – he has 35!

  • Bernardini is the youngest sire in the world with TWO sons who have sired a G1 winner.

  • Only he and Tapit had two sire sons with US G1 winners in 2018.

  • Bernardini is the youngest sire in the world with 25 Black Type winners as a broodmare sire, including 2018 G1 Travers winner Catholic Boy and G1 Hollywood Derby winner Mo Town

  • Bernardini is the youngest sire EVER to reach 25 Black Type winners as a broodmare sire.

Travers winner and Darley sire Alpha

Furthermore, 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:

Broodmare Sire YOB BTW as a BMSire at age 15
Bernardini 2003 25
Galileo 1998 20
Giant's Causeway 1997 19
Shamardal 2002 14
Sadler's Wells 1981 14
French Deputy 1992 13
Zafonic 1990 12
Blushing Groom 1974 12
Kingmambo 1990 12

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