Withers S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8f ,)

BERNARDINI (B h, 116 lb) $90,000
A.P. Indy —Cara Rafaela , by Quiet American
B—Darley, KY.; O—Darley Stable; T—Thomas Albertrani

Doc Cheney (CH g, 116 lb) $30,000
Saint Ballado —Lady Melesi , by Colonial Affair
B—G. Watts Humphrey Jr., KY.; O—My Meadowview Farm; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Luxembourg (B h, 116 lb) $15,000
Wild Rush —Fashion Editor , by Deputy Minister
B—Triad Stable, KY.; O—Buckram Oak Farm; T—Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.

Margins: 3¾, 1½, 4¾. Others: Rob'em Blind 116($7,500) . Winning Jockey, Javier Castellano.

The 2006 season is looking good for trainer Tom Albertrani. With high hopes for his Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Deputy Glitters, the trainer has found additional success with Bernardini, who is new to the racing game but is quickly proving what he’s capable of.

After Bernardini broke his maiden in his second start by an impressive 73/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park in March, Albertrani decided it was time to move the 3-year-old colt on to bigger company. On April 29 at Aqueduct, Bernardini made his stakes debut in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) and the win pushed his career earnings to $110,480. Running as a homebred for Darley Stable, the son of A.P. Indy is now two for three.

Bernardini is following in the winning ways of his dual graded stakes-winning dam Cara Rafaela. The Quiet American mare earned $884,452 in a career that included scores in the 1995 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Hollywood Park and the Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Cara Rafaela also ran third in the 1996 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

Cara Rafaela’s success as a race mare coupled with the sire success of Seattle Slew helped the price tag of her second foal Bold Legacy climb to $1.35 million. Purchased by John Oxley for $1,350,000 as a yearling at the 2001 Keeneland July sale, he was consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent. Though Bold Legacy only earned $26,361, Cara Rafaela’s first foal, Ile de France, by Storm Cat, is grade I-placed with earnings of $125,300.

While carrying Bernardini, Cara Rafaela was purchased privately by Darley from TNT Stud. Bold Legacy’s sire, Seattle Slew, is the sire of Bernardini’s sire, A.P. Indy.

“She’s a big, good-looking scopey mare,” said Darley at Jonabell farm manager Michael Banahan. “(Bernardini) was absolutely a gorgeous foal, and a balanced, correct yearling.”

Cara Rafaela has a 2-year-old filly by Storm Cat named White Tiger, who is in training in England. The 13-year-old mare produced another filly by the stallion Feb. 11 and is back in foal to A.P. Indy on an April 29 cover.

Banahan said the Preakness (gr. I) or Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) are being considered for Bernardini’s next start.

A.P. Indy is the sire of 88 stakes winners, including other 2006 added-money winners A. P. Warrior (gr. II), Teammate (gr. II), Crystal Current, and Indy Wildcat. A.P. Indy stands for $300,000 at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.—E.M.