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Bernardini / Moonlight Sonata, by Carson City
Print: 2008, b. - Entered Stud: 2012 | Fee: $6,500 S&N | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, KTDF

Gorgeous G2 SW by Bernardini!

  • Superior 3-year-old with a 19.28 Standard Starts Index posted 5 wins in 9 starts and earned $586,515, incl. $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2), $300,000 Smarty Jones S.
  • Romping 4 3/4-length winner of the Indiana Derby, defeating Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Caleb's Posse, with a 103 Beyer and 4 1/2 Ragozin
  • Broke his maiden first time out at Santa Anita (6 1/2f); won allowances at Churchill Downs (8 1/2f) and Monmouth Park (8 1/2f)
  • The first son of Bernardini to enter stud
  • Out of Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) winner Moonlight Sonata (by Carson City), already dam of two Graded SWs
  • Bred more than 400 mares his first three seasons, incl. 122 in 2014
  • 2014 weanlings include $50,000 colt, $42,000 filly
  • 2014 yearlings include $120,000 colt, $85,000 filly, $72,000 colt, $70,000 colt, $67,000 filly
  • First foals are two-year-olds of 2015
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Wilburn News

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spendthrift sets 2014 fees, Malibu Moon to $95,000

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms announced its 2014 stud fees for 21 stallions both Kentucky-based and regional, led again by leading sire Malibu Moon whose fee moves to $95,000 S&N. The following are all Spendthrift stallions and locations for 2014, including stands and nurses fees...

G2 winner Wilburn sires first foals

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Wilburn, the Grade 2-winning son of Bernardini, sired a pair of fillies as his first reported foals on the ground. The first was a filly born on Jan. 9 at Justice Farm...

Spendthrift to stand Wilburn and Victor's Cry

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Grade 1 winner Victor's Cry and Grade 2 winner Wilburn have both been retired from racing and purchased by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm...

Wilburn's Race and (Stakes) Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
3 9 5 0 0 $586,515
Total 9 5 0 0 $586,515

Racing Highlights

Won at 3

  • Indiana Derby (gr-II, 8.5f, by 4 3/4, defeating Shackleford, Caleb's Posse, Windswept, Decisive Moment, Friends Place, Little Drama).
  • Smarty Jones S (8.32f, defeating Redeemed, I'm Steppin' It Up, Turbo Compressor, Scotus, J J's Lucky Train, Concealed Identity, Joe Vann).
  • A maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park (6.5f, by 3 1/4, defeating Purely Awesome, Chico d'Oro, Smug, Rock So Hard, Dubber, Dynamize).
  • A race at Monmouth Park (8.32f, defeating Tempted to Tapit, Linebacker, Valerius, Endymion, Best Actor).
  • A race at Churchill Downs (8.5f, defeating Infrattini, Scotus, Jeanbaptiste Corot, Alstom, Hurricane Lake, Hidden Punch, Praetereo, Red Ace, Fredrik the Great, Shadow Warrior, Elusive Action).

Wilburn Pedigree / Analysis

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Dosage Profile: DP = 11-10-11-0-0 (32) DI = 4.82 CD = 1.00
courtesy of Pedigree Query
dkb/br. 2003
dkb/br. 1989 [IC]
br. 1974 [BC]
BOLD REASONING (USA) dkb/br. 1968
MY CHARMER (USA) b. 1969 *
b. 1980
LASSIE DEAR (USA) b. 1974 *
gr/r. 1993
b. 1986
FAPPIANO (USA) b. 1977 [IC]
DEMURE (USA) b. 1977
gr. 1986
b. 2000
ch. 1987 [BI]
b. 1970 [BC]
RAISE A NATIVE (USA) ch. 1961 [B]
b. 1982
dkb/br. 1989
ch. 1983
NORCLIFFE (CAN) ch. 1973
LA BONZO (USA) b. 1976
dkb/br. 1968
CYANE (USA) b. 1959
FAMILY LINE (USA) br. 1958

Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Wilburn

by Alan Porter

Spectacular winner of the Indiana Derby (gr. II), while defeating classic winner Shackleford and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Caleb’s Posse, Wilburn is the first son of Bernardini to retire to stud. In addition to being a son of a classic winning Champion, Wilburn is three-parts-brother to a two-year-old graded stakes winner, and out of a two-year-old graded stakes winner, who is herself three-parts-sister to a two-year-old grade one winner.

Wiburn is free of Northern Dancer in the first four generations of his pedigree, and Bernardini has already started to do extremely well when crossed over mares from that line. He has grade one winner Stay Thirsty out of a mare by Storm Bird, a graded winner out of a mare by Summer Squall, and a grade one placed horse out of a mare by a son of Storm Cat; grade one winner Biondetti out of a mare by Lyphard; and graded winner To Honor and Serve out of a mare by Deputy Minister. Storm Cat line mares should work particularly well here, and options include Giant’s Causeway, Forest Wildcat, Forestry, Hennessy (and his son, Johannesburg), Stormy Atlantic, Stormin Fever, Tale of the Cat, Harlan’s Holiday, Bernstein, Mountain Cat, Tabasco Cat and Sir Cat. The Deputy Minister branch might be brought in through Dehere (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by Bernardini), Silver Deputy, Awesome Again, Touch Gold, Salt Lake, French Deputy, Forest Camp, and Deputy Commander.

Among other branches of Northern Dancer that have done well under A.P. Indy are Danzig  (including through Chief’s Crown, Boundary, Dayjur, Danzig Connection, Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Danehill and Honor Grades, half-brother to A.P. Indy); Sadler’s Wells through El Prado; Nureyev; and El Gran Senor.

Wilburn is a product of the Bernardini/Mr. Prospector cross, but here Mr. Prospector is sufficiently distant in the pedigree to allow inbreeding to that strain. In addition to Carson City, the broodmare sire of Wilburn, Bernardini has stakes winners out of a mares by Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid, who would give inbreeding to A.P. Indy and a three-parts-sister), Seeking the Gold (sire of Petionville, Mutakddim, and Cape Town), and Gone West (sire of Mr. Greeley, Elusive Quality, Grand Slam, and Proud Citizen). It would also be worth considering introducing the Mr. Prospector strain through Fappiano (in Wilburn through Quiet American, but worth re-introducing through Rubiano, Unbridled, Unbridled’s Song, Cryptoclearance, Candy Ride, Broken Vow, Empire Maker, Grindstone and Birdstone), Woodman, Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry), Forty Niner (particularly Distorted Humor), Afleet (sire of Northern Afleet, grandsire of Afleet Alex), Fusaichi Pegasus and Silver Ghost. There are also four grade one winners by A.P. Indy and his sons out of mares from the male line of Alydar, a genetic relative to Mr. Prospector, who could be brought in through Saratoga Six, Turkoman, Criminal Type, Alysheba, Easy Goer and Strike the Gold.

The A.P. Indy line is beginning to work well with Roberto line mares, including stakes winners out of mares by Red Ransom, Kris S. (and his sons Arch and You and I, with Prized being another source), Dynaformer and Major Impact. Roberto is a Hail to Reason line horse, and A.P. Indy has also sired grade one winners out of mares by Turn-to/ Hail to Reason descendants Cox's Ridge and Cure the Blues.

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