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Tuesday, May 31, 2005


- Pulpit (A.P. Indy) is a hot stallion of late, and he had two graded stakes winners at Belmont this weekend. The aforementioned Oratory took the Peter Pan defeating, among others, favored Chekov, another son of Pulpit. In the Sunday stakes, Ecclesiastic got up by a head over favored Old Forester in the G3 Jaipur stakes. These were his 3rd and 4th stakes winners within just the last month or so, and they account, I believe, for his entire North American stakes winners for the year. In late April, Wend won the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders Cup at Calder, and Frankel’s impressive and unbeaten Melhor Ainda took the Appalachian at Keeneland, both in late April.

Pulpit had two additional winners this past weekend. On Sunday, Network won his 2nd race in 3 starts with an impressive rally in a N1X allowance at Monmouth. This gelding is out of Broadcast, a half-sister to Concern, who career has had a revival of late with the phenomenal performance of his Bellamy Road in the Wood. More on him later. At Woodbine, a 4 yo Pulpit filly names Fifth Overture took a N3L allowance race; she’s a half to stakes winners Lake Music and Gold from the West.

- I haven't heard anything about Bellamy Road the last couple weeks and I presume he's recovering. His potential return is what we'll have to look forward to after the post-Triple Crown withdrawal, which I imagine has already started for some since no one will sweep the series this year. If Afleet Alex and Giacomo both run well, and perhaps establish a rivalry, a meeting between them and a recovered Bellamy Road (imagine him prepping in triumphant fashion) in the Haskell and/or Travers would be a most anticipated event.