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Bernardini: Stay Thirsty became the fifth stakes winner by the US champion when taking the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday


Stay Thirsty caps big day for Bernardini in Gotham

Aqueduct: Gotham Stakes (Grade 3), 1m 1/2 f, 3yo

STAY THIRSTY (c Bernardini - Marozia by Storm Bird)

Breeder: John D. Gunther and John Darren Gunther in US

STAY Thirsty emerged out of the shadow of his champion stable companion Uncle Mo on Saturday with a taking three-and-a-quarter length victory over Norman Asbjornson (by Real Quiet) in this prestigious prep to advertise his Kentucky Derby credentials.

The colt capped a big day for his first season sire Bernardini, who was also represented by Santa Anita Oaks third A Z Warrior and the exciting maiden winners Break Up The Game (at Gulfstream Park) and Wilburn (at Santa Anita).

Stay Thirsty was one of four Group/Grade1 runners from Bernardini's first crop last season and in taking the Gotham, became the stallion's fifth stakes winner. Last autumn, Bernardini pulled off the notable feat of siring winners at the top level on dirt and turf when A Z Warrior and Biondettilanded the Frizette Stakes and Gran Criterium. Darley's son of A P Indy is also the sire of Brian Meehan's Fillies Mile third Theyskens'theory.

Bernardini retired to Darley at Jonabell as the winner of three Grade 1 races. As with themajority of the stallion's first runners, which were produced off a fee of $100,000, Stay Thirsty is out of a well-connected and accomplished mare.

He is the seventh foal out of minor British winner Marozia, a daughter of the multipleGrade 1-placed Make Change who is also the granddam of Godolphin's smart performer Age Of Reason.

Each of Marozia's seven foals have won led by the Fusaichi Pegasus colts Andromeda's Hero, who ran second in the Belmont Stakes and now stands at stud in New York, and the Grade 1-placed Superfly, who stands at Sandringham Stud in Kentucky.

Despite such connections, Whitehorse Stable was able to secure Stay Thirsty for the relatively inexpensive amount of $160,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Sale. They hit a big home run several months later when reselling him for $500,000 to trainer Todd Pletcher at the Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale.





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