Won at 5VOLPONI S.
(T 9f , defeating Strike a Deal, Tam Lin (GB), Interpatation, Ruff and Ready, Rathor (IRE), Summer Doldrums, Wood Be Willing ).
Parading became a black-type winner in his 14th career start, overtaking Strike a Deal in the final yards to capture the $79,400 Volponi Stakes by a half-length May 11 at Belmont Park.
A 5-year-old son of Pulpit, Parading covered the 11/8-mile event on the inner turf in 1:49.39 under John Velazquez. It was the fifth lifetime win for the chestnut horse, who has now earned $208,646 for owner/breeder Phipps Stable. Claude “Shug” McGaughey is the trainer.
Previously, Parading’s lone stakes effort was in the April 11 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT), when he finished seventh on the Keeneland turf. The Kentucky-bred broke his maiden on the Belmont main track back on June 16, 2007.
Parading is out of the Storm Cat mare On Parade, who was also bred in the name of Phipps Stable and raced by Ogden Phipps, and trained by McGaughey. In her racing career, On Parade had one win and was graded stakes-placed in four career starts. She earned $47,085. Her dam, My Flag (by Easy Goer)—also bred and raced by the same connections—was a five-time graded stakes winner, and was third in the 1996 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Parading is On Parade’s first foal and stakes winner, although she produced the 4-year-old filly Viva La Flag (by Rahy), who had a pair of wins as a sophomore.
On Parade also has an unraced 2-year-old filly by Pulpit named Cheering, a yearling filly by A.P. Indy named Protesting, and aborted to the cover of Seeking the Gold.
Pulpit is the sire of 34 stakes winners, including Pyro, who won both the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in 2008. The 14-year-old stallion has also sired other 2008 added-money winners Rutherienne (gr. IIT) and Bsharpsonata (gr. II). Pulpit currently stands at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., for a stud fee of $80,000.-J.S.
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