05/30/2005 11:00PM

Pulpit has plenty more good young prospects

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LAS VEGAS - Pulpit is a rising star in the stallion ranks. His runners win going short and long, and are equally proficient on dirt and turf. Pulpit had a particularly memorable weekend at Belmont Park last week when his offspring won the Peter Pan and Jaipur stakes.

Although Pulpit's son Chekhov failed to fire as the favorite in the Peter Pan, another lightly raced son, Oratory, was most impressive, drawing away to a 4 3/4-length win and setting a stakes record of 1:46.35 for 1 1/8 miles. The following day, also at Belmont, Ecclesiastic, a 4-year-old colt by Pulpit, scored his first stakes victory when he captured the seven-furlong Jaipur on the turf.

Hot Attraction, a 3-year-old filly by Pulpit, was one of the favorites to win the Stonerside Stakes at Lone Star on Monday, but was scratched.

Pulpit burst onto the racing scene at age 3 when he won a seven-furlong maiden race by 7 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park in the winter of 1997. He followed that with a 6 3/4-length allowance victory at 1 1/16 miles, and when he won the Fountain of Youth Stakes in only his third career start, defeating Blazing Sword and Captain Bodgit, he was officially on the Triple Crown trail. Pulpit finished second to Captain Bodgit in the Florida Derby, but rebounded with an easy score in the Blue Grass Stakes. Pulpit showed courage when fourth in the Kentucky Derby, where he sustained a career-ending injury to his knee.

In addition to being by A.P. Indy, Pulpit is out of Preach (Mr. Prospector), a multiple stakes winner who is a full sister to Yarn. Yarn is the dam of Minardi, a champion 2-year-old colt in England and Ireland and a freshman sire this year; Tale of the Cat, a stakes winner and successful sire; and Myth, the dam of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg, a 2-year-old champion in England, Ireland, France, and the United States. Pulpit's second dam, Narrate (Honest Pleasure), was also a stakes winner and is a half-sister to stakes winners Region, Double Feint, Announce, and Dibs. Pulpit's fourth dam, Monarchy, is a full sister to Round Table, one of racing's greats who went on to have an equally successful career as a stallion.

Based on his royal pedigree and proven performance at the highest level on the racetrack, Pulpit was afforded every opportunity to succeed at stud at Claiborne Farm, where he has attracted high-quality mares from the very beginning.

Pulpit's top runners include Woodford Reserve Turf Classic winner Stroll; Hopeful winner Sky Mesa; Wood Memorial winner Tapit; Super Derby winner Essence of Dubai; Jim Dandy Stakes winner Purge; and the undefeated Melhor Ainda, who is currently the top 3-year-old filly turf runner in the country.

Like his first four crops, the 64 2-year-olds in Pulpit's current crop are from exceptional female families. Here are some of his 2-year-olds you might see this year:

* A.P. Surprise (filly out of Half Queen, by Deputy Minister). A half-sister to 2-year-old filly champion Halfbrided.

* Angel on Watch (filly out of Buckeye Search, by Meadowlake). Classic female family produced 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Majestic Prince, and 1998 Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet.

* Best Years (colt out of Alive With Hope, by Alydar). Third dam is Special Account, a stakes-producing full sister to 2-year-old champion filly and broodmare Numbered Account.

* Bobbin (filly out of Thread, by Topsider). This mating creates exquisite inbreeding to Monarchy and her full brother Round Table (5x4x4).

* Calculated Risk (colt out of Awesome, by Storm Cat). Dam is a half-sister to champion Inside Information as well as to Educated Risk and Diamond.

* Calla Lilly (filly out of Lillybuster, by Housebuster). Dam is a half-sister to 2-year-old champion Gilded Time.

* Corinthian (colt out of Multiply, by Easy Goer). A half-brother to Desert Hero.

* Dr. Kinsolving (colt out of Emanating, by Cox's Ridge). Dam is a stakes-winning half-sister to Gold Fever.

* Holy Bridle (filly out of Eishin Bridle, by Unbridled). Dam is a three-quarter sister to Wood Memorial winner Buddha. Fourth dam Beaufix is a half-sister to Damascus.

* Luxury Ride (filly out of Remember the Day, by Settlement Day). Winner of her only start, her stakes-winning dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Memory Tap and Remember Sheikh.

* Parading (colt out of On Parade, by Storm Cat). Dam is out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner My Flag and is a full sister to 2-year-old filly champion Storm Flag Flying.

* Preside (colt out of Royal Family, by Private Terms). Winner of his only start, his dam is a three-quarter sister to stakes winners Classy Cathy, Ms. Margi, and Testy Trestle, and a half-sister to Sports View and Top Trestle.

With young offspring such as these, Pulpit should continue to ascend the stallion ranks. The versatility of his runners is what makes him especially attractive as they are winning stakes on dirt and turf around the world.