Parading to Stand at Claiborne

Grade II winner Parading has been retired from racing and will join his sire, successful stallion Pulpit, at stud in 2010 at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. His fee is $3,500.

Parading, who raced as a homebred for the Phipps family’s Phipps Stable, is bred on the same pedigree cross as prominent young sire Sky Mesa . Both are by Pulpit out of graded stakes-performing Storm Cat mares.

As a 6-year-old in 2009, Parading won the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) by 7 1/2 lengths at Keeneland and the Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico in consecutive starts. He finished fourth, beaten less than two lengths in both the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) in California, and ran second in the Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on Oct 31 at Keeneland in his final race.

Parading, who also was a stakes winner at Belmont Park in 2008, won or placed in 14 of 21 starts and earned $530,046.

“This horse is extremely talented and very good looking,” said trainer Shug McGaughey. “As well as the sons of Pulpit are doing at stud, with his talent, looks, and pedigree, I think he will make a very good stallion. And at this fee, he’s certainly a great value.”

Parading is out of grade III stakes-placed On Parade, who is a full sister to champion Storm Flag Flying. Parading’s second dam is grade I winner My Flag and third dam is unbeaten champion and Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Personal Ensign.