Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II)
(gr. II , 8.5f ,)
Pulpit Caress , by Storm Cat
BHarbor View Farm, KY.; OJohn C. Oxley; TJohn T. Ward, Jr.
Lone Star Sky
Conquistador Cielo Ministrada , by Deputy Minister
BJaime S. Carrion, FL.; OWalter L. New; TThomas M. Amoss
(DK B/ h,
Saint Ballado Magic Gleam , by Danzig
BMr. & Mrs. G. David Shashura, KY.; OJames McIngvale; TBob Baffert
The sky could be the limit for 2-year-old Sky Mesa. The bay son of Pulpit etched his name as the one to beat in the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park after registering an impressive four-length win in the Oct. 5 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Sky Mesa’s success should come as no surprise after one look at his pedigree. He is by graded stakes winner Pulpit out of the graded stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Caress and was bred by Louis and Patrice Wolfson’s Harbor View Farm, the same connections who campaigned 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed.
John T. Ward Jr. conditions Sky Mesa for John Oxley, the same connections that sent out 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos.
Oxley purchased Sky Mesa for $750,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of John Williams, agent.
Caress, who won 13 of 29 career starts, including seven in added-money company, is a full sister to graded stakes winners Country Cat and Bernstein and a half-sister to group III winner Della Francesca.
Besides Sky Mesa, Caress also produced graded stakes-placed Monthir (by Gulch). Monthir hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in the May 4 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. Monthir is campaigned by Shadwell Stable.
Caress has a yearling Coronado’s Quest colt and foaled a Seeking the Gold filly this year.
Caress (in foal to Coronado’s Quest) was sold for $3.1 million to John Ferguson Bloodstock, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, from the consignment of John Williams, agent, at the 2000 Keeneland November mixed sale. Caress was the ninth highest-priced broodmare to sell at public auction in 2000.
La Affirmed (by Affirmed), the second dam of Sky Mesa, sold (in foal to Storm Cat) for $1.9 million to Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable at the 1996 Keeneland November mixed sale from the consignment of John Williams, agent. La Affirmed is the dam of an unraced 2-year-old colt, Alajwad (by Storm Cat), who sold for $5.5 million at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale to John Ferguson Bloodstock, agent, from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent. Alajwad was the second highest-priced yearling colt to sell in 2001.
La Affirmed also produced a yearling full brother to Alajwad that sold to William T. Young’s Overbrook Farm for $925,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale from the Eaton Sales consignment. La Affirmed foaled a Danzig filly this year.
Pulpit is the sire of Sky Mesa as well as other 2002 stakes winners Essence of Dubai (gr. II) and Bema. Pulpit stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. Pulpit’s 2002 fee was $60,000.—L.D.