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2006 Preakness winner Bernardini doesn't get much alone time these days. (AP Images)
It’s that time of year again as horse owners and trainers look at the new crop of thoroughbred yearlings and try and divine who will be the next Triple Crown, Travers Stakes, or Breeders' Cup champion. The prestigious Fasig-Tipton annual sales are in progress, and the company is celebrating its 91st year as the oldest American thoroughbred auction house.
The auctions take place in historic Saratoga and are attended by the very elite of the horse racing industry. The story of this year’s auction is the number of yearlings that have been sired by Bernardini and the incredible prices they are fetching. As you recall, Bernardini was the 2006 Preakness Stakes champion and won numerous graded stakes races in the same year. However Bernardini’s great achievements are happening in the bedroom and he seems to have the magic touch in producing talented offspring.
So far the most impressive purchases have been on the part of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum who is the ruler of the oil rich kingdom of Dubai. He is also a serious horse racing nut and owns the world famous Godolphin Stables. He is also coincidentally the owner of Bernardini which may be why he is buying up Bernardini colts by the herd. So far he has paid 650,000 and 750,000 for two colts, while another two have gone for a staggering 1.2 million each.
With previous offspring like recent stakes winner Stay Thirsty it will be interesting to see Bernardini’s impact on thoroughbred racing is as strong as the prognosticators make it out to be. But either way, talk about sowing your wild oats!
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