Eclipse Champion Bernardini Euthanized at Age 18

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Saturday, July 31, 2021

The 2006 Preakness Stakes (G1) champion BERNARDINI was euthanized at Jonabell Farm because of complications from laminitis. Darley American made the announcement on Friday. 


The great BERNARDINI was home-bred by Sheikh Mohammed during Darley's ownership of Jonabell farm. He broke his maiden for trainer Tom Albertrani in his second start by almost eight-lengths, signaling his immense talent early on. He won the Preakness Stakes (G1) giving Sheikh Mohammed his first victory in an American Triple Crown race.

Through the course of his spectacular three-year-old season, BERNARDINI won six races in a row, three of which were Grade 1 scores. After his Travers Stakes (G1) victory, he beat older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). 

BERNARDINI earned Eclipse Champion three-year-old honors that year, and was rated World Champion three-year-old. The majestic son of A.P. INDY out of CARA RAFAELA by QUIET AMERICAN concluded his career with 6 wins, 1 second, from 8 total starts. His earnings reached $3,060,480. 

When Bernardini retired to stud for the 2007 season, he was one of the most highly anticipated stallion prospects. He sired no fewer than four G1 winners in his first crop: Travers and Cigar Mile winner STAY THIRSTY, Woodward and Cigar Mile winner TO HONOR AND SERVE, Frizette winner A Z WARRIOR, and Italian Gran Criterium winner BIONDETTI. (Darley America)

For a more detailed timeline of BERNARDINI's history as a champion racehorse and leading sire, we refer you to this article by Darley. 

Below is a video of just one of many exhilarating performances by the terrific BERNARDINI. He was 1-4 in the 2006 Travers Stakes (G1):

Source: Equibase, DarleyAmerica

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