Stud Notes: Cavorting and Carrumba Complete a Bernardini Exacta in G2 Ruffian at Belmont Park
Cavorting , #1 with Javier Castellano aboard wins the Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park on May 14.
Perennial top ten sire Bernardini had a great day at Belmont on May 14, when his favored fillies Cavorting and Carrumba finished first and second in the Ruffian S.- G2, making anybody who played the Bernardini exacta feel very smart. Bernardini stamps his offspring, to the point that, at Keeneland Yearling Sales, one can pick them out from a distance as they are being shown - they are generally big, handsome bays with lots of bone and intelligent heads. Not Carrumba - she is a rare gray daughter of Bernardini, but she still runs like dad. She was the morning line favorite, but Cavorting had a different idea, and ran away with the Ruffian by five lengths, returning to her winning form after some disappointing efforts. These fillies represent ownership royalty, with Cavorting being owned by Stonestreet Stables, and Carrumba being bred and owned by the Phipps Stable. Barbara Banke of Stonestreet paid $340,000 for Cavorting at Keeneland November 2012, when she was a weanling.
Carrumba gets her gray coat from El Prado, her broodmare sire, making her bred similarly to Rachel's Valentina, who is out of a Medaglia d'Oro mare. Her pedigree is classic Phipps breeding, featuring Seeking the Gold and a female line that is tail female Blitey. Cavorting too has a lovely pedigree, and is tail female Goofed, another blue hen mare.
Bernardini, currently the fifth leading sire in the country, stands for $100,000 at Darley in Lexington, Kentucky. As his sons begin careers at stud (To Honor and Serve and Stay Thirsty have had promising starts this year, with their first starters running well), it seems clear that his daughters will distinguish themselves as well, both on the track and, with pedigrees such as these two girls have, as broodmares. Though it is highly unlikely Bernardini can catch Tapit and Uncle Mo, currently dueling for leading sire, Bernardini's progeny will continue to land him in the top ten for years to come, making him a solid investment for breeders.
-- Roberta Smoodin