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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Art Collector

It hasn’t been surprising to see Art Collector thrive racing on dirt this season, with a 3 1/2-length victory in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland and a 3 1/4-length triumph in the Ellis Park Derby serving as the latest testaments to his talent.

At the same time, it wasn’t surprising to see Art Collector try his hand over a wide variety of distances and surfaces as a juvenile, even debuting in a turf sprint. There are so many facets to Art Collector’s pedigree, one would have been hard-pressed to predict early on which conditions would ultimately prove ideal for the talented bay colt.

A.P. Indy


Cara Rafaela

Art Collector

Distorted Humor

Distorted Legacy


Bred in Kentucky by Bruce Lunsford, Art Collector is a son of Preakness (G1) winner Bernardini, the champion 3-year-old male of 2006. While Bernardini was a late-maturing runner who went unraced at two, at stud he’s sired all types—precocious juveniles, developing 3-year-olds, classy older horses, and Grade 1 winners on both dirt and turf.

In other words, Bernardini has been passing on genetics from all corners of his own pedigree. Thanks to sire A.P. Indy, winner of the Belmont Stakes (G1), Bernardini is able to impart stamina to his descendants. And thanks to dam Cara Rafaela, winner of the Hollywood Starlet (G1) as a juvenile and a daughter of Grade 1-winning miler Quiet America, Bernardini is able to pass on speed and precocity.

The bottom half of Art Collector’s pedigree is also impressively versatile. His dam Distorted Legacy achieved her signature victory on dirt, rallying from far behind a fast pace to win the 1 1/16-mile Sky Beauty S. at Belmont Park. But she was also an effective grass mare, finishing second in the 1 1/4-mile Flower Bowl (G1) and fourth by a length in the 1 3/8-mile Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).

Art Collector (Coady Photo/Keeneland)

Distorted Legacy, in turn, is a daughter of Distorted Humor, North America’s leading sire of 2011. While Distorted Humor was best as a sprinter/miler, setting a 7-furlong track record in the Churchill Downs H. (G2), at stud he’s sired sprinters and routers, dirt horses and turf horses alike. First and foremost among his numerous Grade 1 winners are Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Funny Cide and Belmont Stakes victor Drosselmeyer, who also claimed the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) during a productive career.

In the case of Distorted Legacy’s pedigree, the versatility of Distorted Humor is backed by the stamina of her Distorted Legacy’s dam, Ashland (G1) and Black-Eyed Susan (G2) runner-up Bunting. A daughter of Widener H. (G1) winner Private Account, Bunting is a half-sister to Illinois Derby (G2) winner Vision and Verse, runner-up by a head in the Belmont Stakes.

To date, Bernardini has sired three Kentucky Derby starters, and while none hit the board on the first Saturday in May, two of them—Stay Thirsty and Alpha—matured sufficiently over the summer to claim victories in the prestigious 1 1/4-mile Travers (G1) at Saratoga.

Now Art Collector is poised to become Bernardini’s fourth Derby starter, and the postponement of the Run for the Roses until Sept. 5 could significantly enhance his chances. If Art Collector follows the path of his predecessors and keeps improving with maturity, he’ll be a force to reckon with when the Churchill Downs starting gates belatedly open.



With the Kentucky Derby (G1) finally nearing, we continue analyzing the pedigrees of some of the top contenders.

This week’s subject: Art Collector 

Since stretching out to two turns on dirt, Art Collector has yet to finish behind another horse. With a career record of 8-4-1-0 that includes a perfect 3-for-3 in 2020, Art Collector has emerged as one of the top horses in this 3-year-old class.

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Kentucky Derby Ranking

Art Collector is currently fifth in the Kentucky Derby point standings with 100 points that he earned from winning the Blue Grass Stakes (G2). He’s scheduled to enter the Ellis Park Derby August 9 as a final prep before the Run for the Roses.

The Blue Grass has not produced a Kentucky Derby winner since Strike the Gold in 1991 (Good Magic was second in 2018), so will Art Collector put an end to this nearly 30-year cold streak? A closer look at his pedigree should indicate if he has what it takes.

Sire Profile


Major career wins: 2006 Withers (G3), 2006 Preakness (G1), 2006 Jim Dandy (G2), 2006 Travers (G1), 2006 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)

Bernardini’s 3-year-old campaign was one of the most underrated in recent memory. After skipping the Kentucky Derby, he dominated the Preakness, the Jim Dandy, the Travers, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (against older horses). Even more impressive, his average winning margin was over 7 lengths. He retired the 2006 Eclipse Award winner as Champion 3-Year-Old Colt after finishing second in the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

He’s been just as successful as a stallion, but the one thing missing has been a Kentucky Derby winner. Despite entering stud in 2007, Bernardini has only sired three Derby starters: Stay Thirsty in 2011 (finished 12th), Alpha in 2012 (12th), and Shagaf in 2016 (20th). However, both Stay Thirsty and Alpha won the Travers at the Kentucky Derby distance of 1 1/4 miles, a major positive for Art Collector.

Bernardini is by A.P. Indy, who also sired Honor Code (whom I discussed in my pedigree analysis of Kentucky Derby contender Honor A. P.). With this bloodline, it’s no surprise that Bernardini and his progeny have handled routing so efficiently.

Bernardini’s dam, Cara Rafaela, was also a very solid runner who won the Alcibiades Stakes (G2) and the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (G1) in 1995, both at 1 1/16 miles. Her damsire was the great Spectacular Bid, considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

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Dam Profile

Distorted Legacy

Major career wins: None

Distorted Legacy’s best racing efforts saw her finish second in the 2011 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) later that fall. Though never a graded stakes winner, she earned black-type honors in the Sky Beauty Stakes and retired with an overall record of 26-3-7-3.

Distored Legacy’s sire, Distorted Humor, traces back to the great Mr. Prospector, while her dam, Bunting, was two generations removed from Damascus, the 1967 Horse of the Year who was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1974.

Distorted Legacy has a bright broodmare future. Art Collector is only her second foal and also her only winner; her older foal, Soldier in Pink, is 5-0-0-2 to date. She currently has two younger foals who were both sired by Into Mischief, and she was bred to the 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify as part of his first crop.

Art Collector looks like a serious Kentucky Derby contender. With his pedigree, the distance should be no issue, and he has visually improved in each start as a 3-year-old. A win in Sunday’s Ellis Park Derby could propel him to become a top betting option come September 5 at Churchill Downs.

Let me know what you think!

Vinny Blond is a New York-based handicapper who is one half of Real Dynasty Picks. Follow him on Twitter @PicksByDynasty.

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Race History

1stRoad to the Kentucky DerbyRunhappy Ellis Park Derby

Ellis Park

1 1/8 MilesDirtAug 9, 2020
1stRoad to the Kentucky DerbyToyota Blue Grass Stakes


II1 1/8 MilesDirtJul 11, 2020
1st Allowance Optional Claiming

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 MilesDirtJun 13, 2020
1st Allowance Optional Claiming

Churchill Downs

7 FurlongsDirtMay 17, 2020
1st Allowance Optional Claiming

Churchill Downs

6 FurlongsDirtNov 30, 2019
6th Allowance Optional Claiming

Churchill Downs

6 1/2 FurlongsDirtNov 9, 2019

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Art Collector (horse)

American Thoroughbred racehorse

Art Collector (foaled February 11, 2017 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2021 Woodward Stakes.

Racing career[edit]

Two-Year-Old Season[edit]

Art Collector won a maiden and allowance race as a 2-year-old for trainer Joe Sharp.

Three-Year-Old Season[edit]

Racing as a three-year-old for trainer Thomas Drury Jr., Art Collector's win in the Grade 2Blue Grass Stakes over eventual Preakness Stakes winning filly Swiss Skydiver earned him a berth in 2020 Kentucky Derby.[2][3] Art Collector's Blue Grass victory was the colt's first graded stakes race and first graded stakes win for trainer Thomas Drury Jr. who has been training racehorses for thirty-eight years.[4]

He then won the 2020 Ellis Park Derby before heading to the Kentucky Derby.

Made the second choice of the betting public behind Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes winner Tiz the Law, an injury during a workout kept Art Collector out of the Derby,[5] and instead he aimed towards the Preakness Stakes, the third leg of the COVID-19 pandemic affected 2020 Triple Crown.

Art Collector came fourth in the Preakness Stakes, a nose behind the third place finisher. The filly he defeated in the Bluegrass, Swiss Skydiver, won the Preakness by a neck over Kentucky Derby winner Authentic.

His next start was the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 7, where he finished eighth behind the winner Knicks Go.

In the 2020 World's Best Racehorse Rankings, Art Collector was rated on 119, making him the equal 57th best racehorse in the world.[6]

Four-Year-Old Season[edit]

Art Collector began his 4YO campaign in June at Churchill Downs in the Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes as the 6/5 favorite with a lackluster performance after veering at the start and being bumped to finish sixth.[7]

On 6 August, Art Collector made amends winning the Listed Alydar Stakes at Saratoga as the 9/5 favorite with plenty in hand after leading by nearly 4 lengths to finish 1+1⁄2 lengths in front of Night Ops in a time of 1:48.20 for the 1+1⁄8 miles trip.[8]

Three weeks later on 27 August, Art Collector traveled to West Virginia for the Grade IICharles Town Classic where he stalked leader Sleepy Eyes Todd and overtook him in the stretch run and comfortably won by 1+1⁄2 lengths in a time of 1:49.39.[9]

On 2 October, Art Collector produced his best performance of his career defeating a strong field of six runners to capture his first Grade I event, the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park.[10]



Date Distance Race Grade Track Odds Field Finish Time Winning
Weight Jockey Ref
Aug 16, 20195+1⁄2furlongsMaiden Special Weight Saratoga7.10 10 2 1:01.06 (3 lengths) 119 lbs.John R. Velazquez[11]
Sep 5, 20196+1⁄2furlongsMaiden Special Weight Kentucky Downs1.30 12 1 1:21.07 1+1⁄4lengths120 lbs.Adam Beschizza [12]
Oct 6, 20191+1⁄16 miles Bourbon Stakes III Keeneland7.30 14 7 1:43.06 (5 lengths) 118 lbs.Luis Saez[13]
Nov 9, 20196+1⁄2furlongsAllowance Churchill Downs3.00 9 6 1:17.62 (4+1⁄2lengths) 122 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[14]
Nov 30, 2019 6 furlongsAllowance Churchill Downs3.60 7 7† 1:10.39 7+1⁄2lengths122 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[15]
May 17, 2020 7 furlongsAllowance Churchill Downs6.60 11 1 1:22.65 2+3⁄4lengths118 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[16]
Jun 13, 20201+1⁄16 miles Allowance Churchill Downs1.40* 4 1 1:41.35 6+1⁄2lengths118 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[17]
Jul 11, 20201+1⁄8 miles Blue Grass Stakes II Keeneland2.30 13 1 1:48.11 3+1⁄2lengths123 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[18]
Aug 9, 20201+1⁄8 miles Ellis Park Derby Listed Ellis Park0.40* 12 1 1:48.02 3+1⁄4lengths123 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[19]
Oct 3, 20201+3⁄16 miles Preakness StakesI Pimlico2.40 11 4 1:53.28 (10 lengths) 126 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[20]
Nov 7, 2020 1 mile Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile I Keeneland4.90 12 8 1:33.85 (9+1⁄4lengths) 123 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[21]
Jun 25, 2021 7 furlongsKelly's Landing Overnight StakesChurchill Downs1.20* 9 6 1:21.25 (5+3⁄4lengths) 123 lbs.Brian Hernandez Jr.[22]
Aug 6, 20211+1⁄8 miles Alydar Stakes Listed Saratoga1.80* 8 1 1:48.20 1+1⁄2lengths124 lbs.Luis Saez[23]
Aug 27, 20211+1⁄8 miles Charles Town Classic II Charles Town1.30* 10 1 1:49.39 1+1⁄2lengths118 lbs.Luis Saez[24]
Oct 2, 20211+1⁄8 miles Woodward Stakes I Belmont Park2.75 6 1 1:49.22 1+1⁄2lengths124 lbs.Luis Saez[25]

  Dirt  Turf
An (*) asterisk after the odds means Art Collector was the post-time favorite.
† Art Collector was first past the post and wagering was paid out but was disqualified later after returning a positive swab and was placed seventh


External links[edit]


  1. ^"Art Collector". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^"Ellis Park 'Thrilled' To Be Hosting 50-Point Kentucky Derby Prep Race". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  3. ^"Art Collector wins Ellis Park Derby, earns Ky Derby points". NBC Sports. 2020-08-09. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  4. ^"Blue Grass: Art Collector wins, gives Drury shot at Kentucky Derby". The Courier-Journal. 2020-07-11. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  5. ^"Kentucky Derby 2020: Art Collector will miss race due to injury". CBS Sports. 2020-09-01. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  6. ^"The 2020 World Thoroughbred Rankings". Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  7. ^King, Byron (25 June 2021). "Bango's Kelly Landing One of Foley's Three June 25 Wins; Major Fed won his 4-year-old debut by rallying from last in an allowance". Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  8. ^King, Byron (6 August 2021). "Fast Boat Speeds to Troy Victory Over Carotari; Also Friday, Art Collector scored in the Alydar, his first win since last summer". Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  9. ^King, Byron (27 August 2021). "A Charles Town Classic Masterpiece for Art Collector; A race earlier, R Adios Jersey won the Charles Town Oaks (G3) for 3-year-old fillies". Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  10. ^Ehalt, Bob (2 October 2021). "Art Collector Earns Grade 1 Honors in Woodward; Bill Mott trainee led all the way as Maxfield chased him home Oct. 2 at Belmont Park". Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  11. ^"Chart for August 15, 2019 at Saratoga – Maiden Special Weight Race 4". 16 August 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  12. ^"Chart for September 6, 2019 at Kentucky Downs – Maiden Special Weight Race 3". 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  13. ^"2019 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes – Grade 3". 6 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  14. ^"Chart for November 9, 2019 at Churchill Downs – Allowance Optional Claiming Race 9". Equibase. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  15. ^"Chart for November 30, 2019 at Churchill Downs – Allowance Optional Claiming Race 6". Equibase. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  16. ^"Chart for May 17, 2020 at Churchill Downs – Allowance Optional Claiming Race 9". Equibase. 17 May 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  17. ^"Chart for June 13, 2020 at Churchill Downs – Allowance Optional Claiming Race 5". Equibase. 13 June 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  18. ^"2020 Blue Grass Stakes – Grade 2". 11 July 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  19. ^"2020 Ellis Park Derby – Listed". 9 August 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  20. ^"2020 Preakness Stakes - Grade 1". Equibase. 3 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  21. ^"2020 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile – Grade 1". 7 November 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  22. ^"2021 Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes – Black Type". 25 June 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  23. ^"2021 Alydar Stakes – Listed". 6 August 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  24. ^"2021 Charles Town Classic Stakes Grade 2 - (race 12)"(PDF). Equibase. 27 August 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  25. ^"2021 Woodward Stakes Grade 1 - (race 10)". Equibase. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.

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Art Collector wins the 2020 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland

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