Ben Ali S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 9f ,)
Pulpit On Parade , by Storm Cat
BPhipps Stable, KY.; OPhipps Stable; TClaude R. McGaughey III
Distorted Humor Another Round , by Affirmed
BRussell L. Reineman Stables Inc., KY.; OKatieRich Stables; TMark Hubley
Maria's Mon Hamba , by Easy Goer
BJamm Ltd., KY.; OStarlight Racing; TTodd A. Pletcher
The question of how turf specialist Parading would fare on the Keeneland Polytrack for the first time was clearly answered when the son of Pulpit soundly defeated six rivals in front-running fashion in the April 19 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) by an impressive 71Ú2 lengths.
Parading had finished second by a nose to SocietyÕs Chairman last out in an April 4 allowance contest on the Keeneland turf after being sidelined for nearly a year.
Trained by Claude McGaughey for the Phipps familyÕs Phipps Stable, Parading seems to have found a niche at the 11Ú8-mile Ben Ali distance, at which he also won the Volponi Stakes at Belmont Park last May 11. The 6-year-old chestnutÕs most recent victory improved his record to 6-4-2 from 16 starts, and boosted his earnings to $315,046.
Parading is the first 2009 stakes winner for Phipps Stable, headed by Palm Beach, Fla., resident Ogden Mills ÒDinnyÓ Phipps, whose association with Thoroughbred racing traces back to his grandmother, Gladys Mills Phipps. Dinny PhippsÕ father, the late Ogden Phipps, owned nine champions, including Buckpasser, Easy Goer, and Personal Ensign, who is ParadingÕs third dam. Personal Ensign became one of the most important broodmares of the 20th century. Her best runner, My Flag, won four grade I races, including the 1995 BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Personal Ensign was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named 1996 Kentucky broodmare of the year.
Dinny Phipps carried on the family tradition by also campaigning several Eclipse champions: Smuggler, Inside Information, Rhythm, Successor, and 2002 Long John SilverÕs BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Storm Flag Flying, who is a full sister to ParadingÕs dam On Parade. The stakes-placed daughter of Storm Cat is out of the aforementioned Juvenile Fillies winner My Flag (by Easy Goer).
The Phippses, who have boarded their mares for several decades at the Hancock familyÕs Claiborne Farm, bred the last four generations of ParadingÕs family and raced them as homebreds.
Parading was the first foal out of On Parade, who delivered a filly by Mr. Greeley Feb. 11.
Pulpit is the sire of 38 stakes winners. The 15-year-old son of A.P. Indy stands for $80,000 at Claiborne near Paris, Ky.ÑE.M.