Owners Jerry and Ann Moss announced Wednesday that 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta would be bred to champion Bernardini this season.
A son of leading Lane's End stallion A.P. Indy, Bernardini stands for Darley America at Jonabell Farm in Lexington for an advertised fee of $75,000. Street Cry, sire of Zenyatta, also stands at Darley for a fee of $150,000.
Zenyatta is boarded at Lane's End Farm outside Versailles and was recently named Horse of the Year following a 2010 campaign that saw her win five Grade I races and finish second in the Breeders' Cup Classic to fellow champion Blame. The 7-year-old mare retired with 19 wins from 20 career starts.
Bernardini, the champion 3-year-old male of 2006, was the leading freshman sire by number of graded stakes wins and number of stakes winners in 2010, including Grade I winner A Z Warrior and Grade II winner To Honor and Serve.
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To Honor and Serve is one of the leading prospects on the Kentucky Derby trail this year off the strength of his victories in the Grade II Remsen and Nashua Stakes last November.
Owned and bred by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley operation, Bernardini was not raced at age 2 but became a standout in his division in just eight career starts. After winning the Grade III Withers in his stakes debut, the bay colt captured the Preakness Stakes in an outing marred by the breakdown of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Bernardini added victories in the Grade I Travers Stakes and Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup over older males before finishing second to eventual Horse of the Year Invasor in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic, his final career start.
Out of the Grade I-winning mare Cara Rafaela, Bernardini retired with six wins from eight starts and $3,060,480 in earnings.