Leading sire Pulpit dies at 18

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Perennial leading sire Pulpit (A.P. Indy – Preach, by Mr. Prospector) died in his paddock at Claiborne Farm earlier today, 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.

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

Bred and raced by Claiborne, Pulpit did not race at two 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 sensational wins at Gulfstream Park.  Off those performances, he was made the favorite for the Fountain of Youth-G2 and Pulpit came from off the pace to win by 1 1/2 lengths.  Second in the Florida Derby-G1, Pulpit then rolled to an impressive victory in Keeneland’s Blue Grass S.-G2.  Injured while finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby-G1, Pulpit entered stud at his birthplace where he made an immediate mark as a stallion.

Pulpit’s first crop included Dubai Classic and Super Derby-G2 winner Essence of Dubai, and his next two crops yielded Grade 1 stakes winners Sky Mesa, Stroll, Purge and Tapit. Long recognized as a stallion with remarkable versatility, Pulpit sired top level 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses, outstanding colts and fillies, as well as runners that have excelled on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces. In addition, he has become known as a “sire of sires, ” his successful sons at stud including the aforementioned Tapit.

Sire of 11 U.S. Grade I stakes winners, Pulpit has 38 Graded stakes winners, 63 stakes winners, and over 100 stakes horses to his credit.  This year, Pulpit had been represented by 10 stakes winners, including stand-out 2-year-olds Power Broker, winner of the FrontRunner S.-G1, and Sign, recent winner of the Pocahontas S.-G2.

Pulpit will be buried at Claiborne Farm.

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  • Tigertail22

    Very sad day for Claiborne and the entire thoroughbred industry. :(

  • Tigertail22

    Very sad day for Claiborne and the entire thoroughbred industry. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1318697127 Candace Jones

    Awww….Im very sorry to hear this. It is truly a loss to our industry and my condolences to Claiborne.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1318697127 Candace Jones

    Awww….Im very sorry to hear this. It is truly a loss to our industry and my condolences to Claiborne.

  • Mboyle852

    I am saddened to hear this.  I took my wife to see the second of those sensational wins before the fountain victory. This young gun was FAST!!!
    He was our second favorite ever behind Holy Bull.
    We will miss him and his immediate offspring.

  • Mboyle852

    I am saddened to hear this.  I took my wife to see the second of those sensational wins before the fountain victory. This young gun was FAST!!!
    He was our second favorite ever behind Holy Bull.
    We will miss him and his immediate offspring.

  • Lesliercr

    I am so sad to hear this – I am glad I got a chance to see him last year before the Breeders Cup – I knew his dam Preach

  • Lesliercr

    I am so sad to hear this – I am glad I got a chance to see him last year before the Breeders Cup – I knew his dam Preach

  • Izzybeth

    RIP you beautiful boy………..

  • Izzybeth

    RIP you beautiful boy………..

  • Barbara Wood

    So very saddened at this news. We “met” him at Claiborne. I thought he was beautiful. RIP, dear one.

  • Barbara Wood

    So very saddened at this news. We “met” him at Claiborne. I thought he was beautiful. RIP, dear one.

  • http://twitter.com/AskGrace Happy Harriet

    Oh, so sad.  Run free, Pulpit!

  • Fdoos

    So sorry to hear.  RIP Pulpit!

  • http://twitter.com/AskGrace Happy Harriet

    Oh, so sad.  Run free, Pulpit!

  • Fdoos

    So sorry to hear.  RIP Pulpit!

  • Meyer1127

    Sad,Sad.But he left a mark that will continue for a long long time.
    Rest in peace sweet boy

  • Meyer1127

    Sad,Sad.But he left a mark that will continue for a long long time.
    Rest in peace sweet boy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003642183068 Chantal Smithless

    What a TERRIBLE, terrible loss! I LOVED this horse!

    He and his dominate stallion influence will be greatly missed!  Condolences to his human connections at Claiborne who took care of him and loved him.

    • Flawlessly

      You could always tell a Pulpit filly or colt.  He “stamped” them with his look.  I’m very sad today to learn of his death. He was a favorite of mine .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003642183068 Chantal Smithless

    What a TERRIBLE, terrible loss! I LOVED this horse!

    He and his dominate stallion influence will be greatly missed!  Condolences to his human connections at Claiborne who took care of him and loved him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.paulson1 Ashley Gay

    awww.. so sad! R.I.P Pulpit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.paulson1 Ashley Gay

    awww.. so sad! R.I.P Pulpit.

  • Blondie47

    They dont know why or what he. Died from

  • Blondie47

    They dont know why or what he. Died from

  • Flawlessly

    You could always tell a Pulpit filly or colt.  He “stamped” them with his look.  I’m very sad today to learn of his death. He was a favorite of mine .

  • Ida Lee

    Oh No…how sad…Pulpit looked great the last time I saw him. What a loss to the TB industry. His babies and grandbabies live on with a unbelievable legacy, especially my very favorites Sky Mesa and Tapit and their babies.  Run free little boy…we will not soon forget….

  • Ida Lee

    Oh No…how sad…Pulpit looked great the last time I saw him. What a loss to the TB industry. His babies and grandbabies live on with a unbelievable legacy, especially my very favorites Sky Mesa and Tapit and their babies.  Run free little boy…we will not soon forget….

  • Bristling

    I am in shock. Always loved this horse, he was pick in the Derby when he ran in it. And what a great sire. He will be missed. RIP big boy.

  • Bristling

    I am in shock. Always loved this horse, he was pick in the Derby when he ran in it. And what a great sire. He will be missed. RIP big boy.

  • MrsP

    Very sad news. RIP handsome boy. Condolences to everyone at Claiborne. At least his legacy lives on — Pulpit descendants can win on any surface.

  • MrsP

    Very sad news. RIP handsome boy. Condolences to everyone at Claiborne. At least his legacy lives on — Pulpit descendants can win on any surface.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.stasierowski Kyle Stasierowski

                         It’s a shame that Pulpit passed away. He was a great sire and one of his

                         sons Tapit is turning into a great sire himself with offspring like Tap Attack

                         and Tap Beer et. al.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.stasierowski Kyle Stasierowski

                         It’s a shame that Pulpit passed away. He was a great sire and one of his

                         sons Tapit is turning into a great sire himself with offspring like Tap Attack

                         and Tap Beer et. al.

  • Susan Watkins

    Oh my heart goes out to all………I love the A.P. Indy’s this one especially…..so sorry  ;(

  • Susan Watkins

    Oh my heart goes out to all………I love the A.P. Indy’s this one especially…..so sorry  ;(

  • ExactaGirl

    How sad! I met him last year, and connected with him more than any other horse at Claiborne. He was a prolific sire; one of the greats.

  • ExactaGirl

    How sad! I met him last year, and connected with him more than any other horse at Claiborne. He was a prolific sire; one of the greats.

  • Anne

    He certainly knew who he was when you were around him. He was a big boy, no question about that. 18 seems so young. Very sad. I hope Parading can become as succesful as his famous dad. Parading has the Phipps influence that certainly has helped Claiborne achieve some very nice runners for themselves. Without a Seeking the Gold mare… there would have not been a Blame. My thoughts go out to those that were his caregivers over the years besides the family of this historic farm.

  • Anne

    He certainly knew who he was when you were around him. He was a big boy, no question about that. 18 seems so young. Very sad. I hope Parading can become as succesful as his famous dad. Parading has the Phipps influence that certainly has helped Claiborne achieve some very nice runners for themselves. Without a Seeking the Gold mare… there would have not been a Blame. My thoughts go out to those that were his caregivers over the years besides the family of this historic farm.

  • Beachy

    Oh, this is just heartbreaking and brings tears to my eyes.  Condolences to everyone at Claiborne Farm and all who cared for Pulpit.  He was a Claiborne stallion that you could pet–how very special.  I wonder if necropsy will be done; sometimes knowing the reason helps even if it comes to the fore that there is/was no reason, other than it just happened. 

    “…They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary…” (Isaiah 40:31)

    RIP Pulpit  

  • Beachy

    Oh, this is just heartbreaking and brings tears to my eyes.  Condolences to everyone at Claiborne Farm and all who cared for Pulpit.  He was a Claiborne stallion that you could pet–how very special.  I wonder if necropsy will be done; sometimes knowing the reason helps even if it comes to the fore that there is/was no reason, other than it just happened. 

    “…They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary…” (Isaiah 40:31)

    RIP Pulpit  

  • ziggypop

    Oh dear. Condolences to the folks at Claiborne.

  • ziggypop

    Oh dear. Condolences to the folks at Claiborne.

  • August Song

    His son, Corinthian, was a stand-out on the racetrack, and he’s proving to be a very successful sire, too. It’s in the genes.

    RIP Pulpit, we loved you, even with all your antics. :)

  • August Song

    His son, Corinthian, was a stand-out on the racetrack, and he’s proving to be a very successful sire, too. It’s in the genes.

    RIP Pulpit, we loved you, even with all your antics. :)

  • D’ Horselover

    RIP big boy..the tears are still flowing….I
    was able to take a picture with you at Claiborne in
    2006. I cherish the memory. Thank you for your contributions…and Rest in peace.

  • D’ Horselover

    RIP big boy..the tears are still flowing….I
    was able to take a picture with you at Claiborne in
    2006. I cherish the memory. Thank you for your contributions…and Rest in peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kim-Curtsinger/1434768748 Kim Curtsinger

    Big loss for our industry.  Bigger loss for those at Claiborne who knew, loved, and cared for him.  My sympathies to all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kim-Curtsinger/1434768748 Kim Curtsinger

    Big loss for our industry.  Bigger loss for those at Claiborne who knew, loved, and cared for him.  My sympathies to all.

  • Marilyn

    I am heartbroken- i picked him to win teh 1997 KD, when I first became interested in horse racing. sounds like he was a sweetie and such a great stallion. He is gone much too young. RIP Pulpit.

  • Marilyn

    I am heartbroken- i picked him to win teh 1997 KD, when I first became interested in horse racing. sounds like he was a sweetie and such a great stallion. He is gone much too young. RIP Pulpit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to everyone who loved and cared for Pulpit, especially those at Claiborne Farm. I am so Grateful I visited Claiborne Farm while at the Secretariat Festival & saw Pulpit. As hard as it was, him dying with no warning, we can rest assured he lived the “Good Life” and he was well cared for.
    Rest In Peace, Beautiful Pulpit. You will continue to live on, in our hearts :)    

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to everyone who loved and cared for Pulpit, especially those at Claiborne Farm. I am so Grateful I visited Claiborne Farm while at the Secretariat Festival & saw Pulpit. As hard as it was, him dying with no warning, we can rest assured he lived the “Good Life” and he was well cared for.
    Rest In Peace, Beautiful Pulpit. You will continue to live on, in our hearts :)    

  • Tveazey

    Too, too young RIP .  You can fly now with all gone before your.

  • Tveazey

    Too, too young RIP .  You can fly now with all gone before your.

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