Pulpit (horse)

Pulpit (February 15, 1994 – December 6, 2012) was an American Thoroughbred stallion who won the Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass Stakes before finishing fourth in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. Injured after that race, he retired to stud at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky where he became a successful sire. His descendants include leading sire in North America Tapit and multiple American Classic winners such as Tonalist and California Chrome.

SireA.P. Indy
GrandsireSeattle Slew
DamsireMr. Prospector
CountryUnited States
BreederClaiborne Farm
OwnerClaiborne Farm
TrainerFrank L. Brothers
Record6: 4-1-0
Major wins
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1997)
Blue Grass Stakes (1997)


Pulpit was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm, who purchased his fifth dam, Knight's Daughter, in 1951. Knight's Daughter produced Hall of Fame inductee Round Table for Claiborne in 1954 and his full sister Monarchy in 1957. Monarchy founded a successful female family, most notably through the full sister's Preach and Yarn, both by Mr. Prospector out of Monarchy's granddaughter Narrate. Preach, herself a Grade I winner, produced twelve winners from fourteen foals. Her most successful offspring was Pulpit, whose sire was the 1992 American Horse of the Year A.P. Indy.[1]

Racing careerEdit

Pulpit was unraced as a two-year-old. He made his first start in January 1997, and immediately made an impact by winning his first three starts, including the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

After finishing second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, Pulpit dominated his next start, the $700,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky. With Shane Sellers aboard, Pulpit drew clear down the stretch and finished 3 1/2 lengths in front of Acceptable.[2] The race solidified his status as a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender.

Running in the 1997 Kentucky Derby, Pulpit finished fourth behind Silver Charm, Captain Bodgit and Free House. He suffered an injury to his left hind leg during the race and was retired to stud duty shortly thereafter.

Stud careerEdit

Much like his sire, A.P. Indy, Pulpit proved to be a very successful stallion. As of September 4, 2013, he had produced 861 foals of racing age, with 672 of those starting races and 470 winning. His foals have earned more than $60 million.[3] Pulpit also has the distinction of being the grandsire of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, 2014 Kentucky Derby and 2014 Preakness winner California Chrome and 2014 Belmont winner Tonalist.

Among his progeny are several graded stakes winners, including:[4]

Pulpit died on December 6, 2012 at the age of 18 at Claiborne Farm. He had shown no signs of illness or injury prior to his death.[5][6][7]


Pulpit stood at Claiborne Farm and is by A.P. Indy, the 1992 Horse of the Year and an outstanding sire. A.P. Indy is by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, and out of Weekend Surprise by Secretariat. Pulpit's female family traces back to one of Claiborne's foundation mares, Knight's Daughter, the dam of Round Table.[8]

Pedigree of Pulpit, bay colt, 1994[9]
A.P. Indy (USA)
Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning Boldnesian
Reason to Earn
My Charmer Poker
Fair Charmer
Weekend Surprise Secretariat Bold Ruler
Lassie Dear Buckpasser
Gay Missile
Preach (USA)
Mr. Prospector Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Narrate Honest Pleasure What a Pleasure
State Nijinsky II

Pulpit is inbred 4 × 5 × 5 to Bold Ruler, 5 × 5 to Nasrullah, and 5 × 5 to Princequillo.[9]


  1. ^ "Power Sisters: Preach and Yarn". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlusIndex.cfm?tid=KEE&dt=4/12/1997&ctry=USA
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2013-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Avalyn Hunter. "Pulpit (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  5. ^ Bloodhorse.com
  6. ^ Brisnet.com
  7. ^ Claibourne Farms
  8. ^ Peters, Anne. "The Secret to Tapit's Success". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Pulplit Pedigree". Equineline. Retrieved May 6, 2018.