Pulpit Dies At Claiborne Farm

Pulpit Dies At Claiborne Farm

Pulpit. Image: Claiborne Farm

The bloodhorse.com has reported that perennial leading sire Pulpit, a three-quarter brother to Summerhill’s very own Gr 1 winning sire A.P. Arrow (out of Garimpeiro by Mr Prospector), died in his paddock at Claiborne Farm on 6 December, according to an announcement made by farm manager Bradley Purcell.

The 18-year-old stallion had shown no signs of ill health in the weeks and days prior to his death, according to the statement.

“We are all shocked and very sad,” said Purcell. “Pulpit has meant so much to Claiborne Farm, first as a race horse and later as a stallion. Thankfully, we know his legacy will continue on through his sons and daughters.”

Seth Hancock is president of Claiborne, which bred and raced Pulpit, (A.P. Indy — Preach by Mr. Prospector) did not race at 2 due to a couple of small setbacks. However, early in his 3-year-old season, the long-striding colt jumped onto the national stage with two strong wins at Gulfstream Park.

Off those performances, he went off as the favorite for the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and came from off the pace to win. Second in the Florida Derby (gr. I), Pulpit then rolled to an impressive victory in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Injured while finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Pulpit entered stud at his birthplace.

A.P. Arrow at the Investec Summerhill Stallion Day for 2012. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Pulpit has sired 63 stakes winners including 11 North American grade I winners. The list includes Power Broker, who won the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I), previously known as the Norfolk for 2-year-olds this fall at Santa Anita Park. Pulpit’s other grade I winners include Corinthian,Ice Box ,Pyro, Sky Mesa,Stroll, and Purge plus prominent young stallion Tapit.

Pulpit is off to a fast start as a sire of sires. Tapit has already sired 10 grade/group I winners including champions and Breeders’ Cup winners Hansen and Stardom Bound.

In addition to Tapit, Pulpit’s sons at stud include Corinthian, Ice Box, Lucky Pulpit, Ordained, Parading, Sightseeing, Sky Mesa, and Stroll.

Pulpit’s stakes winners this year include Sign, winner of the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Pulpit will be buried at Claiborne Farm.

A.P. Answer (by A.P. Indy) standing at Clifton Stud is out of a Danzig/Mr Prospector mare Soundings, whilst another son of A.P. Indy, Just As Well, stands at Spring Valley Stud and saw his first crop of foals born this year.

Information source www.bloodhorse.com

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