West Side Bernie finished over 15 lengths behind Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby but Sheikh Mohammed saw enough to buy the colt from owners George and Lori Hall. The price was not announced.
West Side Bernie won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (G3) by three lengths at Turfway Park last September for Kelly Breen who is private trainer for the Halls. He was also runner-up in the G3 Delta Jackpot Stakes in December and G1 Wood Memorial in April.
West Side Bernie (3c Bernstein – Time Honored by Gilded Time) will have a break and return to racing in the USA later this year. The 2010 Dubai Cup Carnival is his long-term goal.