By Dan Silver | 11/12/2011 03:16 PM ET
On the heels of its Friday announcement that Bernardini’s stud fee would double to $150,000 in 2012, Darley Stable saw yet another extremely impressive debut from the 2006 Eclipse champion as homebred Consortium devoured an Aqueduct Racetrack maiden special weight by 4 ¾ lengths.
Sent off at odds of 13-1 in race 7, a 6 ½-furlong affair on the main dirt track, the 2-year-old bay colt broke alertly and settled comfortably in fifth down the backstretch. He made a strong three wide move on the turn, and was never challenged in the stretch, completing the distance in 1:17.10.
“He’s done everything right and we have always liked him,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “He’s trained really well all along and has a great mind. Alan [Garcia] rode him great. He broke sharply and was able to sit and wait. It’s another nice win for Bernardini, he is a great sire.”
McLaughlin added that they have yet to determine whether the colt will run in an allowance or stakes next, and whether he will stay at Aqueduct or ship to Florida.
Bernardini, a son of A.P. Indy, was campaigned by Darley to three Grade 1 victories in 2006: the Preakness, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He is far and away the leading second-crop sire this year, with his offspring boasting nearly $7 million in earnings, highlighted by Stay Thirsty, winner of the Gotham, Jim Dandy and Travers, and To Honor and Serve, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby.
Consortium also has strong dam side breeding. He is out of Marietta, a 7-year-old daughter of Machiavellian who earned $297,082 on the track including victories in 2007’s Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and Arlington Oaks. Consortium is her first foal to race. She has a yearling by A.P. Indy and was bred back to Bernardini in 2012.