(By Avalyn Hunter)
Claiborne's famed stallion cemetery now has one more tenant. If Pulpit was not the equal of the likes of Nijinsky II, Danzig, and Mr. Prospector as a sire, he nonetheless had an honorable record. Through his son Tapit (currently fourth on the general sire list), he has also succeeded in securing the future of the Seattle Slew/A.P. Indy sire line for another generation and perhaps even establishing his own branch, no small accomplishment in itself. Other sons, most notably Sky Mesa and Stroll, have sired some good runners, and Corinthian is currently seventh on the second-crop sire list.
Somewhat surprisingly given his own beautiful pedigree and the quality of the mares that he saw, Pulpit has not yet made the splash as a broodmare sire that might have been expected. But he has been represented this year as a maternal grandsire by Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Karlovy Vary, multiple grade II winner Newsdad, and Canadian grade II winner Imboundtoscore. Given that Pulpit's eldest daughters are only 13, there are bound to be more where those came from.
With two sons of Pulpit (Parading and Stroll) on its roster, Pulpit will not soon be forgotten at Claiborne, nor will the farm be in any hurry to rush out and secure a successor. Nonetheless, his loss will be felt in the months to come. May he rest well in greener pastures than even Kentucky offers.