Bernardini price hike at Darley Kentucky

Darley doubled the 2011 service fees of its successful European stallions Shamardal and Dubawi last week and the cost of a cover for its Kentucky based highflyer Bernardini also receives a price hike next year.

Bernardini’s fee was the only increase when Darley announced the roster for its Kentucky base this week.  It will jump from $60,000 to $75,000.

Bernardini (A.P. Indy) has sired four Group winners in his first crop this year headed by A Z Warrior (G1 Belmont Frizette Stakes) and Biondetti (G1 Milan Gran Criterium).  His other black-type winners are To Honor And Serve (G2 Aqueduct Nashua Stakes) and Theyskens’ Theory (G3 Goodwood Prestige Stakes).

He is the first freshman stallion in history to sire Group 1 winners on dirt and turf.

The fees for Darley’s two highest-priced stallions – Street Cry ($150,000) and Medaglia d’Oro ($100,000) – remain the same.  Also unchanged are Quiet American ($15,000), Rockport Harbor ($12,500), Holy Bull ($10,000) and Offlee Wild ($7,500).

Darley will stand newcomers Midshipman for $15,000 and Desert Party for $10,000.

Stallions whose fee have dropped for 2011 are Elusive Quality ($50,000), Street Sense ($40,000), Hard Spun ($30,000), Any Given Saturday ($20,000), Street Boss ($17,500), Discreet Cat ($17,500) and Henny Hughes ($12,500).