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2012 Sanford Stakes


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Bern Identity in the winner's circle
Bern Identity in the winner's circle after the 2012 Sanford Stakes

Bern Identity in the winner's circle after the 2012 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Bern Identity earned a $100,000 bonus awarded to any 2-year-old maiden winner at Aqueduct Racetrack or Belmont Park who goes on to win a graded stakes at a NYRA track. Winning trainer Kelly Breen said, "The extra $100,000 bonus makes it all sweeter. So, thanks, NYRA! Even for his first start, without the bonus, I don't know if I would have run him in New York to begin with. Maybe with the big money here, we'll have to think about bringing some more horses here. He's a fast horse. After he won (maiden), he came back and worked extremely fast. That kind of indicated to me he was the real deal. That's how I feel in my heart anyway. They outran him a little bit in the beginning; I was a little surprised. Maybe the fast workout last week took a little bit out of him. But he showed his grit, got a little bit of dirt in his face and ran nice."
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