Videos: Bernardini’s Wilburn and Stay Thirsty bolster his rep

Bernardini had a big weekend with several winners, but most notably he was represented by the exciting California debut winner Wilburn, racing in the same colors of Rachel Alexandra, and Stay Thirsty, first in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes in New York and under the same colors made famous by Uncle Mo last year. A classic-winning son of A.P. Indy represented by his first crop of 3-year-olds in 2011, Bernardini now has five stakes winners to his credit—each a Graded or Group winner. Both Wilburn and Stay Thirsty went through the auction ring as yearlings, but as 2-year-olds each brought significant money: Stay Thirsty was purchased for Repole Stable by trainer Todd Pletcher from the consignment of Scanlon Training Center, agent, for $500,000 from the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale; Wilburn was bought for $625,000 at Keeneland’s April sale by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, from the consignment of breeder William Helmbrecht. The latter had fortuitously bought the colt back for $75,000 from the 2009 Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale. Stay Thirsty, meanwhile, was pinhooked at 2 by Robert V. LaPenta’s Whitehorse Stable, which bought the colt for $160,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September sale.

Bernardini finished second on the 2010 first-crop sire list to another son of A.P. Indy, Congrats. He had two 2-year-old Grade 1 winners, though he himself never raced at 2. Unplaced in his debut at 6 furlongs in January of his 3-year-old season, Bernardini won next out in March over a mile. The talented colt won the Grade 3 Withers in his third start and the Preakness in his fourth.

Wilburn (maiden)

Stay Thirsty (Gotham)

Bernardini (maiden win at 3 on March 3, 2006)

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3 thoughts on “Videos: Bernardini’s Wilburn and Stay Thirsty bolster his rep”

  1. I’m still very annoyed at the Sheikh’s decision to retire Bernardini before he had a chance to really show how good he was, but at least he’s off to a fine start as a sire. I was starting to get a bit concerned before this weekend as he’d only had a few winners this year, but Break up the Game (who I love) started the weekend off on the right foot. Wilburn was brilliant -he’s HUGE, lol. As to Stay Thirsty, I get that his race has been dissected and been found wanting by some, but I have loved this horse since he made his debut and I was very happy with his race. I think he can move forward off of it, which is all I could ask for. Now if only To Honor and Serve hadn’t run so poorly in the FOY.

    In Break up the Game’s win, a Bernardini colt, Bomber Boy, ran a very good third for Nick Zito. Zito also has a talented colt in Heron Lake, but he appears to have serious soundness issues as, since his maiden win, he’s had one work and it seems he’s been stopped on again.

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