Dr. Tony Ryan's Castleton Lyons announced today that Bernstein, a leading freshman sire of 2004, will stand the 2005 breeding season as Ryan's Thoroughbred farm near Lexington.
The son of Storm Cat
is currently ranked ninth on the leading freshman sire list with two stakes winners from his first crop; the 2-year-old filly Toll Taker, winner of the Astarita Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park, and Berbatim, winner of the Canterbury Park Lassie Stakes.
"As a son of Storm Cat, and out of the great producing mare La Affirmed, much was expected of Bernstein," said Julian Dollar, the farm's general manager. "Now he has sired a graded stakes winner in his first crop and we are very delighted he is moving to Castleton Lyons."
Bernstein stood the 2004 season at Douglas Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles for a fee of $7,500. His fee for 2005 at Buck Pond had been set at $15,000, the figure he will stand for at Castleton Lyons.
La Affirmed, by Triple Crown winner Affirmed, has produced four multiple graded stakes, including turf star Caress, winner of over $666,000 and the 1995 Poker Handicap at Belmont and dam of 2002 Hopeful Stakes and Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes winner Sky Mesa.
At Castleton Lyons, Bernstein will join a son of A. P. Indy
,and a leading second crop sire Malibu Moon
, sire of this year's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Declan's Moon. Malibu Moon will stand next year for $17,500.