The following note was published earlier this week on the day of Session 1 at the Saratoga select yearling auction.
The Saratoga sale of selected yearlings annually attracts some of the most beautiful and progressive young Thoroughbred prospects. And the sires fit the bill, just like their offspring. The leading sires are well represented, with Awesome Again, Bernardini, Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, Malibu Moon, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Tapit, Tiznow, Unbridled’s Song, and War Front having élite yearlings available for buyers and their advisers to inspect.
In addition to these fine sires in the catalog, there are offspring from a horse who will shortly be missed: the late Pulpit. The first son of A.P. Indy to strike with important winners at stud and the first son of A.P. Indy to get an important son to carry on the line (Tapit), Pulpit ranks highly among the better racehorses and sires of the last 20 years.
A handsome and powerful horse, Pulpit was quite like his broodmare sire, Mr. Prospector, as a racehorse. Both came to hand rapidly and with shows of high speed during the early months of their 3-year-old season. The admixture of A.P. Indy enabled Pulpit to win the Blue Grass Stakes as his prep for the Kentucky Derby, where the bay colt finished fourth in what proved to be his last race.
As a sire, Pulpit put a lot of speed, as well as quality, into his foals. In addition to leading sire Tapit, the best of these included the G1 winners Pyro (Forego; at stud in Japan), Sky Mesa (Hopeful), Corinthian (Met Mile), Ice Box (Florida Derby), and Stroll (Woodford Reserve Turf Classic), with all the latter sons at stud in Kentucky.
The stallion also sired his share of high-quality fillies, but it is inevitable that sons going to stud get more attention because of advertising and the representation of yearlings and runners before buyers and the sport’s public.
Of the stallion’s three yearlings in the Saratoga sale, Hips 52 and 119 are colts, and Hip 148 is a filly. Hip 52 is a May foal out of the Easy Goer mare Fun Crowd, and he is a half-brother to G1 winner Funny Moon, winner of the Coaching Club of America Oaks and a daughter of Malibu Moon, who is a son of A.P. Indy just like Pulpit. The other Pulpit colt, Hip 119, is the third foal out of stakes winner Silverinyourpocket, winner of the G3 La Troienne Stakes. The Pulpit filly, Hip 148, is also out of a stakes winner, Uninhibited Song (Unbridled’s Song), who is a half-sister to five stakes horses or stakes producers.
The Pulpit stock could have a lot of attitude, but when properly focused, they were fast and furious competitors on the racetrack. Pulpit will be missed, especially at Claiborne Farm, where he was bred and raised and spent his entire career at stud, but his sons and daughters will carry on the legacy for the next generation.
[Note: At the Saratoga sale on Monday and Tuesday, Hip 52 from the Sweezey and partners consignment sold for $375,000 to Classic Bloodstock, agent; Hip 119 from Paramount Sales, agent for the Randal Family Trust, was not sold at $195,000; and Hip 148 from the Select Sales consignment sold to Cheyenne Stables for $300,000.]