Jim Dandy S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
A.P. Indy Cara Rafaela , by Quiet American
BDarley, KY.; ODarley Stable; TThomas Albertrani
Deputy Minister Princess Pietrina , by Spectacular Bid
BWinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; OJohn C. Oxley; TJohn T. Ward, Jr.
Notebook Whirl's Girl , by Island Whirl
BOcala Stud, FL.; OKinsman Stable; TNicholas P. Zito
Bernardini became a millionaire when he captured the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga July 29 in extremely easy fashion, drawing off to win by nine lengths. The lightly raced colt also validated his Preakness Stakes (gr. I) win May 20, which was marred by the unfortunate breakdown of Barbaro.
The 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy is trained by Tom Albertrani for Darley Stable. Unraced at age two, he has now captured three stakes victories in a row. In addition to his Preakness and Jim Dandy scores, he also won the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct April 29. A winner of four races from five starts, the only time Bernardini finished off the board was in his first race.
Darley bred Bernardini in Kentucky out of the grade I-winning Quiet American mare Cara Rafaela. Cara Rafaela won the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I), the Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II), and a division of the Pio Pico Stakes, while placing in eight graded stakes races including second-place finishes in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Ashland Stakes (both gr. I).
Bernardini is the first stakes winner out of Cara Rafaela, but she has been well represented on the track and at the sales. Her first foal, a Storm Cat filly named Ile de France, finished third in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), while her second foal, a colt by Seattle Slew named Bold Legacy, fetched $1,350,000 from John Oxley at the 2001 Keeneland July yearling sale from consignor Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
While Darley is the official breeder of Bernardini, the farm purchased Cara Rafaela privately from TNT Stud while she was carrying the classic-winning colt. In addition to Bernardini, she has produced two Storm Cat fillies since being purchased by Darley. Her juvenile filly, Blue Tigress, is in training in England, and she delivered the other filly Feb. 11. Cara Rafaela is kept at Darley at Jonabell and is in foal to A.P. Indy.
A.P. Indy is the sire of 91 stakes winners. Among his nine 2006 added-money winners are Suave, winner of the July 29 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II), Teammate (gr. II), A. P. Warrior (gr. II), and Master Command (gr. III). The 17-year-old son of Seattle Slew stood the 2006 season for $300,000 at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.—A.H.D.