Bernardini

B 2003 16.1½HH (1.66M)
By A.P. Indy – Cara Rafaela (Quiet American)
$100,000 Stands and nurses. Standing at Jonabell Farm
Proven sire of both the superstar racehorse and sales-ring smash. A Travers winner who sired Travers winners in his first two crops. Thirteen G1 winners so far, including Humana Distaff scorer Dame Dorothy, Spinaway winner Rachel's Valentina, Champagne victor Greenpointcrusader, and 2016 G1 Odgen Phipps and G1 Personal Ensign heroine Cavorting.

Pedigree

BERNARDINI

A P INDY

SEATTLE SLEW

BOLD REASONING

BOLDNESIAN

REASON TO EARN

MY CHARMER

POKER

FAIR CHARMER

WEEKEND SURPRISE

SECRETARIAT

BOLD RULER

SOMETHINGROYAL

LASSIE DEAR

BUCKPASSER

GAY MISSILE

CARA RAFAELA

QUIET AMERICAN

FAPPIANO

MR PROSPECTOR

KILLALOE

DEMURE

DR FAGER

QUIET CHARM

OIL FABLE

SPECTACULAR BID

BOLD BIDDER

SPECTACULAR

NORTHERN FABLE

NORTHERN DANCER

FAIRWAY FABLE

By A.P. INDY (1989) Champion three-year-old colt in the US, Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Belmont S (G1), etc. Sire of 1,224 foals aged three and up, including BERNARDINI, GIROLAMO, A. P. ADVENTURE, A P VALENTINE, APTITUDE, DREAMING OF JULIA, FLASHING, FRIENDS LAKE, GOLDEN MISSILE, GOT LUCKYHONOR CODE, JUST AS WELL, LITTLE BELLE, LOVE AND PRIDE, MAJESTIC WARRIOR, MINESHAFT, MUSIC NOTE, RAGS TO RICHES, RUNUP THE COLORS, SECRET STATUS, STEPHEN GOT EVEN, TAKE CHARGE INDY, TELLING, TEMPERA, TOMISUE’S DELIGHT, etc.

1st dam: CARA RAFAELA by Quiet American. 4 wins (6½f-8½f) at 2 and 4, Hollywood Starlet S (G1), Alcibiades S (G2), Pio Pico S, 2nd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Matron S (G1), Ashland S (G1), Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Las Virgenes S (G1), 3rd Mother Goose S (G1), Kentucky Oaks (G1). Broodmare of the Year. Dam of 14 foals, 10 to race, 5 winners:

BERNARDINI (c A.P. Indy) Champion, see Race record.

Ile De France (f Storm Cat) Winner (5f-8½f) at 2 and 3, 3rd Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Dam of:

LOVE AND PRIDE (f A.P. Indy) Zenyatta S (G1), Personal Ensign H (G1), Obeah S (G3), Proud Spell S, 2nd Top Flight H (G2), 3rd Gazelle S (G1).

BURGUNDY ICE (f Storm Cat) 2 wins (7f-8f) at 2 and 3.

BOLD LEGACY (c Seattle Slew) Winner (7f) at 4. Sire.

PIN UP (f Tapit) Winner (9½f) at 3, 2015.

Lovely Regina (f Deputy Minister). Dam of:

THISKYHASNOLIMIT (c Sky Mesa) Texas Mile S (G3), Iroquois S (G3), 2nd Indiana Derby (G2), Razorback H (G3), Iowa Derby (G3).

2nd dam: OIL FABLE by Spectacular Bid. Winner (6f) at 3. Dam of 9 winners:

CARA RAFAELA (f Quiet American) G1 winner, see above.

ABAGINONE (c Devil’s Bag) 7 wins, 3 to 5, Potrero Grande Breeders’ Cup H (G3), Los Angeles H (G3), Daly City H. Sire.

Port Isabel (f Time To Explode) Placed at 2. Dam of:

PORTSIDE (f Congrats) Star Shoot S, 2nd Out Ruled S, 3rd Busher S.

HONOUR ISABEL (f Honour And Glory) 4 wins, 3 to 5. Dam of: Pretty Boy Flash (c Gone Astray) 3rd Hopeful S (G1).

Nogalus (f Trempolino) Unraced. Dam of:

NAIMA (f Quiet American) Winner at 2. Dam of: SECRET GARDEN (f Flanders Fields) Premio Polla de Potrancas (1,000 Guineas) (G1).

3rd dam: NORTHERN FABLE by Northern Dancer. Palomar H (G3), Torrey Pines S. Dam of 7 winners:

Haiati (f Alydar) 2nd Hoover Mile (G2), Distaff H (G2). Dam of:

HALEAKALA (f Kris) Bug Brush S. Grandam of: OUR PEDROIA (c Catienus) Curlin S.

Blue Burner (c French Deputy) 2nd Florida Derby (G1). Sire.

Alyfable (f Alydar) Unraced. Dam of:

MEGAN’S LEPRECHAUN (f Green Dancer) Lakeway S.

Southern Fable (f Exclusive Native) Unraced. Dam of:

UP DIP (f Kerosene) Davona Dale S.

Conformation

Race record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Three 8 6 1 - 1
Total 8 6 1 - 1

At 3 World Champion three-year-old; Eclipse Champion three-year-old colt

1st
Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), 10f, Belmont Park, by 6¾l, beating Wanderin' Boy, Andromeda's Hero, Dylan Thomas.
1st
Travers S (G1), 10f, Saratoga, by 7½l, beating Bluegrass Cat, Dr Pleasure, Hesanoldsalt.
1st
Preakness S (G1), 9½f, Pimlico, by 5¼l, beating Sweetnorthernsaint, Hemingway's Key, Brother Derek, Greeley's Legacy.
1st
Jim Dandy S (G2), 9f, Saratoga, by 9l, beating Minister's Bid, Hemingway's Key, Oh So Awesome.
1st
Withers S (G3), 8f, Aqueduct, by 3¾l, beating Doc Cheney, Luxembourg.
1st
Maiden Special Weight, 8f, Gulfstream Park, by 7¾l, beating High Finance.
2nd
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), 10f, Churchill Downs, to Invasor, beating George Washington, Brother Derek, Giacomo, Lava Man.

Best progeny

Video footage

Watch him in action
Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), 10f, Belmont Park, 07 Oct 2006
Travers S (G1), 10f, Saratoga, 26 Aug 2006
Jim Dandy S (G2), 9f, Saratoga, 29 Jul 2006
Preakness S (G1), 9½f, Pimlico, 20 May 2006
Withers S (G3), 8f, Aqueduct, 29 Apr 2006
Maiden, 8f, Gulfstream Park, 04 Mar 2006

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Breeding forms

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2017 Mare Information Sheet - this form must be on file before your mare can be booked. Please double-check pedigree, correct spelling and ownership.

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