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George and Lori Hall
George Hall is the president, founder, and majority shareholder of Clinton Group, Inc., an investment company, and has owned horses with wife Lori since 2004. In 2009, the Hall’s sent out West Side Bernie to a 9th place finish and Atomic Rain to 16th place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Their biggest win came when Pants on Fire captured the $1 Million Louisiana Derby. Pants on Fire finished 9th in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
Bern Identity possesses an unfashionable pedigree for the Kentucky Derby– he will need to outrun his bloodlines to be successful.
He is a son of Bernstein, a multiple Group 3-winning sprinter in Europe who finished fifth when making his lone U.S. appearance in the 1 1/8-mile River City on turf. Bernstein is a son of Storm Cat and out of a mare by Triple Crown winner Affirmed, so he was bred to run long, but he favored shorter distances and has passed speed to many of his offspring.
Bernstein remains capable of throwing a classic-type performer if coupled with the right mare – his daughter Miss World is out of a Kingmambo mare and captured the Grade 1 Garden City at 1 1/8 miles -- but that description doesn’t fit Bern Identity, whose female family is littered with speed influences. His dam, Grade 3 winner Maddalena, raced exclusively at shorter distances during her 12 starts, and her only other foal to race in the U.S., claimer Joburg Star, was a confirmed sprinter.
Maddalena is a daughter of multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Good and Tough, an undistinguished sire with little to offer in terms of stamina. Good and Tough is a son of the ultra-quick Carson City. There is not much class in this female family.
Bern Identity is likely best suited for distances under 1 ¼ miles.
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