Bernardini wins Jim Dandy

Preakness champion tops `Bid' by 9 lengths

Horse Racing


July 30, 2006

Bernardini will not be overlooked again.

The 3-year-colt outclassed the field in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. yesterday, proving that his victory in the Preakness Stakes was no fluke.

"There was a lot of doubt in people's minds about the Preakness," winning trainer Tom Albertrani said. "Today, he showed us what a really good horse he is."

Albertrani has been raving about Bernardini ever since the colt's 5 1/4 -victory in the May 20 Preakness, a race that will be remembered as the one in which Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro shattered his right hind leg.

Bernardini, with jockey Javier Castellano, took the lead around the first turn and was never challenged by Minister's Bid or Sunriver. By the time the six-horse field reached the turn for home, Bernardini widened his lead with every stride and glided to a nine-length win over Minister's Bid.

With his fourth victory in five starts, Bernardini has to be considered the nation's leading 3-year-old and a contender for Horse of the Year honors. The next stop for the son of A.P. Indy will be the Travers Stakes on Aug. 26.

Barbaro -- The medical updates on Barbaro seem encouraging, yet the trainer of the ailing Kentucky Derby winner isn't allowing himself to become too optimistic. "I'm not getting my hopes up," Michael Matz said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time - but he's trying." Matz and his family spent the day at Saratoga Race Course, where the trainer had two entries. Matz, who still visits Barbaro daily, didn't have a rewarding day, though. Sly One finished fifth in the first race and When the Saints was last in a six-horse field in the third race.

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