11/26/2007 1:00AM

Pulpit filly one to watch when she hits turf


Second in her last start, Pulpitina won a six-furlong maiden race by 7 1/4 lengths on Nov. 14 as the even-money favorite. As her name implies, she is by Pulpit, and she is out of the Gone West mare Double Sixes, winner of the Pimlico Distaff Handicap. Her second dam, Cast the Die, was a multiple stakes winner, and in addition to Double Sixes, she produced the stakes winner Devil’s Orchid. Pulpitina won on dirt, but she is definitely a win candidate whenever she gets to try grass. Her trainer, Christophe Clement, has had great success with his runners on turf, and Pulpitina has a superb grass pedigree.

* On Nov. 16, Fancy Fusaichi, a 3-year-old filly by Fusaichi Pegasus, scored an impressive 6 3/4-length victory in a one-mile maiden race. Fancy Fusaichi is out of the Rahy mare Fancy Clancy, who is very closely related to the international juvenile champion Arazi. Expect Fancy Fusaichi to continue improve on dirt, and she should be played with confidence if she shows up on grass.

* National Pride won a six-furlong maiden race on Nov.?17. The 2-year-old colt is from the first crop of juvenile champion Macho Uno, who is also the sire of multiple stakes winner Wicked Style. National Pride’s dam, Corporate Vision (by Corporate Report), placed in Sorority, Colleen and Kentucky Cup Juvenile stakes at 2. This is the female family that produced Trumpets Blare and Albert the Great.

* Stormy Miracle scored a wire-to-wire victory in a one-mile maiden race on turf for juvenile fillies, and she has a strong T2 (turf from the top and bottom) pedigree, being by Hennessy (Storm Cat) out of an Affirmed mare. In addition, this colt’s second dam is by Strawberry Road, yet another powerful turf influence. Stormy Miracle rewarded his backers with a $10.40 payoff.

* Carolyn’s Cat, a 2-year-old filly who won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on Nov. 18, may not be bred to run longer than one mile, but she is quick. By Forestry, she is out of the Meadowlake mare People’s Princess, a stakes-winning full sister to stakes winner and sire Meadow Flight.

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Liberty Bull, a 2-year-old colt by Holy Bull and trained by Tom Amoss, won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race in his second start after running second in a Calder maiden race on Oct. 6. Liberty Bull is out of the Dehere mare Lasting Sensation, and this Darby Dan female family produced Brian’s Time, Dynaformer, Darby Creek Road and Sunshine Forever. This is a colt bred to enjoy middle distances on all surfaces.

* Lady Hillingdon ran away from nine other fillies in her second start, scoring a six-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race on Nov. 15. She had finished fifth in her career debut at Keeneland on Oct. 20. From the first crop of juvenile champion Vindication, she is out of a half-sister to Favorite Trick, another juvenile champion and Horse of the Year at age 2.


By speed influence and good first-out sire Elusive Quality, Elusive Legend won her career debut on Nov. 17 in a maiden race for juvenile fillies at six furlongs on the turf. Elusive Quality was an outstanding sprinter-miler and established a world record for one mile on the turf when he won the Poker Handicap. Out of the stakes winner Majestic Legend (His Majesty), Elusive Legend is a half-sister to stakes winner Binalegend, and her dam is a half-sister to stakes winner and top sire Mr. Greeley.

* Gayego won a six-furlong maiden race on Nov. 18 in his career debut. The 2-year-old colt is bred to be best up to 1 1/16 miles. By 2-year-old champion and speed influence Gilded Time, he is out of a mare by speed influence Lost Code.

* El Gato Malo won a six-furlong maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths also on Nov. 18 in his first start. The 2-year-old colt is by rising star stallion El Corredor. El Gato Malo is out of the Mountain Cat mare One Bad Cat. El Gato Malo has a miler pedigree, but may be able to stretch out to win at nine furlongs.

* Finishing second to El Gato Malo in his career debut was Sangaree, a half-brother to Congaree by Awesome Again. Unlike the winner, Sangaree is bred to improve with distance and should win his second start. Like Congaree, Sangaree is trained by Bob Baffert, and you can be sure this is a colt with Triple Crown aspirations.

* On the same day that Gayego and El Gato Malo won their maiden debuts, Colonel John won the Real Quiet Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. By Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, Colonel John is out of the Turkoman mare Sweet Damsel. This is a pedigree that should allow him to be best at middle to classic distances. Colonel John defeated Overextended, a colt by Monarchos out of the Gulch mare Way of Life.