1994 - 2012


Lifetime Race Record: 6-4-1-0, $728,200

Bred and owned by Claiborne Farm
Trained by Frank Brothers

Marquee Races Won

Blue Grass Stakes
Fountain of Youth Stakes

Accomplished Progeny


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Breeders' Cup Winner; Millionaire; Sire

Essence of Dubai

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Millionaire; Sire of Champion Dubai Majesty

Ice Box

Graded Stakes Winner; Kentucky Derby Contender; Breeders' Cup Contender; Sire

Lucky Pulpit

Multiple Graded Stakes Placed; Sire of Champion & Horse of the Year California Chrome

Mr. Speaker

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Belmont Derby Winner; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire of Multiple Stakes Winners

Power Broker

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Breeders' Cup Contender; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Kentucky Derby Contender; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner


Graded Stakes Winner

Sky Mesa

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire of Millionaire General Quarters


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire; Bred by Claiborne Farm


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire of Multiple Stakes Winners; Leading Sire in North America in 2014, 2015 and 2016

Trainer Frank Brothers said that Pulpit made a big impression on him as yearling.  The following winter, when Pulpit was in training at Holly Hill Training Center in South Carolina, Brothers said it became clear the colt had talent.  “He was the man in the group,” recalled Brothers, “he had a real presence about him.”

A couple of small setbacks kept Pulpit from running at two.  Early in his 3-year-old year, however, the long-striding colt jumped onto the national stage thanks to two eye-catching wins at Gulfstream Park.  Made the favorite for the Fountain of Youth-G2 in only his third start, Pulpit came off the pace to win by a length and a half.  Second in the Florida Derby-G1, Pulpit then rolled to an impressive victory in Keeneland’s Blue Grass S. and gave hope of another Claiborne classic win. Injured in the Kentucky Derby while finishing fourth, Pulpit was retired with a sense of untapped potential.

At stud, he made an immediate mark.  Pulpit’s first crop included Dubai Classic and Super Derby winner Essence of Dubai, and his second crop included Grade 1 winners Sky Mesa and Stroll.  In his third crop came Tapit (G1) and Purge (G1).  Known as a stallion with remarkable versatility, Pulpit sires top level 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses, colts and fillies, and runners that excel on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces. In addition, he has become known as a “sire of sires” with several sons already enjoying success at stud.

Pulpit died on December 6, 2012 and is buried at Claiborne.  He sired some 70 stakes winners, 11 U.S. Grade 1 winners and over 40 Graded stakes winners.