Spendthrift Farm’s foresight purchasing Lord Nelson was rewarded on June 25 when the Clearsky Farms’ bred Pulpit colt captured the G1 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. One might remember Lord Nelson from the 2015 Triple Crown trail when he won the G2 San Vicente Stakes at The Great Race Place. After a 5 month layoff Lord Nelson returned to the races at Santa Anita on June 3 and won a 6 furlong AOC handily by 3 1/2 lengths. The Triple Bend victory was an affirmation of Spendthrift’s belief in the colt, as now they own a G1 winner by Pulpit. Since that sire died suddenly on Dec. 6, 2012, Lord Nelson represents a valuable G1 winning son of the great Claiborne stallion, offering breeders an intriguing opportunity when he retires to stud.
Quality Family Adds to Appeal
Lord Nelson offers a solid bottom line to his pedigree, being from Seeking the Gold’s daughter African Jade; she from Argentinian 3 year old champion filly, Miss Linda. While the sample is too small to analyze nicking Pulpit to Seeking the Gold mares, A.P. Indy with Seeking the Gold mares has yielded a superlative 13% stakes winner strike rate; giving one an additional reason to believe that there is a lot to get excited about regarding Lord Nelson’s stallion prospects. Miss Linda’s sire, the highly influential Southern Halo, adds even more sire-power to the mix.
Successful Non-Tapit Branches of the Pulpit Tree
While the death of Pulpit still stings (as he was only 18), the rise of supersire Tapit has cemented Pulpit’s place as the leading sire descendant of A.P. Indy. Pulpit has also made his mark through his other notable sire sons Sky Mesa, Lucky Pulpit (sire of California Chrome), and Stroll, and the future looks bright with younger sons Ice Box, Super Ninety Nine, Power Broker, and Mr. Speaker just beginning their stud careers. Their influence may lead to the growth of new, non-Tapit branches of Pulpit’s tree in the years to come.
The Value of a Grade 1 Winning Son of Pulpit
Lord Nelson took a mighty step forward in his career yesterday. A G1 winning son of Pulpit is something to hang onto with both hands. Breeders who want to access a different flavor of Mr. Prospector added to the Pulpit mix, can look forward to doing so with Lord Nelson via Seeking the Gold (Tapit, Mr. Speaker, and Super Ninety Nine represent the Pulpit/Unbridled cross).
New Worlds Yet to Conquer
Lord Nelson is of course not done racing yet. He may very well garner additional honors before he goes off to stud. What is his best distance? Is it perhaps a mile, or did he stretch to his limit when contesting the 7 furlongs of the Triple Bend? We’ll see where Bob Baffert positions him next; word has it that he could turn up this summer at Saratoga. If all goes well Spendthrift could soon be standing another G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner in addition to their two-time champion, Goldencents.