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2006 Travers and King's Bishop Stakes

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Bernardini being saddled
Bernardini being saddled in the paddock for the 2006 Travers Stakes

Bernardini being saddled in the paddock for the 2006 Travers Stakes

© Terence Dulay
Winning trainer Tom Albertrani said, "He trained beautifully going into this race. I was pretty confident at the half-mile pole. When I saw Johnny (Velazquez aboard Bluegrass Cat) try to get into his horse more it looked like Javier (Castellano) still had horse. When (Castellano) turned around at the quarter pole I knew the race was over. This is such a fantastic horse, he doesn't just win, he wins by daylight. I put Bernardini in that category with a horse like Cigar and Dubai Millennium. This horse is only a three-year-old and he hasn't even hit his best stride. There's more to come from this horse as he gets older." Albertrani said that Bernardini would start next in the Jockey Club Gold Cup as his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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