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Promising Purge

With Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO) , Sky Mesa (TrueNicks,SRO) and the over-achieving Stroll (TrueNicks,SRO) (now back at Claiborne from a sojourn in Italy), Pulpit (TrueNicks,SRO) has made quite a start as a sire of sires.
 
Another Pulpit son, freshman sire Purge (TrueNicks,SRO) , has a smart performer in Macias. He scored a first stakes victory when he took the Jack Goodman Stakes at Oak Tree-at-Santa Anita, running the six furlongs in a sharp 1:08.98. Switched to the turf, Macias showed he has versatility, as well as class, by adding the one mile Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita on December 28.
 
Macias has a rather unusual pedigree, as his dam, Azelna is a French-bred daughter of Tropular. That horse probably doesn’t ring bells with most U.S. breeders, but he was a French listed winner at nine furlongs, and is by Troy (by Petingo, from the Fair Trial line), also the broodmare sire of Street Cry (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) . Tropular is quite an outcross to most U.S. bloodlines, but does bring some interesting strains, as he has two daughters of Nearco and one of Nasrullah (both much more frequently found through sons), and his dam is inbred to the mare Fille d’Amour (from the family of the great mare, Plucky Liege, best-known in the U.S. as dam of Bull Dog and Sir Gallahad III).
 
It’s when we get to Macias’ second dam, La Miserable, that things get really interesting. She is by Miswaki (a son of Mr. Prospector) out of the Nijinsky II mare, Baranova. Purge’s sire, Pulpit, is out of Preach, who is by Mr. Prospector, out of a daughter of State, a three-parts-sister to Baranova. So Macias has close genetic relatives 3 x 2 in his pedigree. Macias is the first stakes winner under the first two dams, so the intricate linebreeding seems to have been a major factor for upgrading. It also strongly suggests trying Purge with mares by Tale of the Cat (TrueNicks,SRO) , Johannesburg and Minardi, who would all give very similar patterns, going back to Yarn a sister to Preach.

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