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Sightseeing Pedigree Profile

So Many Ways (Sightseeing - Happy Scene by Dehere) is an important representative of her sire’s first crop.  In early June, six maiden fillies watched So Many Ways fade into the distance as she dominated them by eight lengths. In doing so, she became Sightseeing first winner.  Less than a month later, So Many Ways exhibited professionalism in the Schuylerville Stakes (G-3), sitting behind the speed, then dueling in the stretch before pulling away late to win by 1 ½ lengths.  The Rick Dutrow trainee emerged from the race as her sire’s first repeat winner and first graded stakes winner.  Just a day later, Fairy Spring (Sightseeing – Spring Fair, by Cozzene) won a maiden race over the turf in Italy.  The victories propelled Sightseeing to the top of the First Crop Sire List by earnings ($153,959).  
 
 
On the Track

Sightseeing began his racing career at Saratoga. He got the job done in his third attempt when stretching out to two turns. He placed in the Nashua (G-2), but finished fifth in the Remsen (G-2) behind Nobiz Like Showbiz after encountering trouble around the far turn.  The following year, Sightseeing finished second to that rival in the Wood Memorial (G-1).  The McGaughey trainee skipped the Triple Crown Trail. Instead, he recorded a thrilling nose victory in the Peter Pan Stakes (G-2). That race would be the last time the son of Pulpit would visit the winner’s circle, but he hit the board in the Dwyer and Jim Dandy Stakes and finished fourth in the Travers. A year later he ran third in the Winchester Handicap (G-3).  Sightseeing retired two races later with an 18-2-5-5 ($508,401) record.


Given his blue-blooded pedigree, it may seem that Sightseeing was an underperformer on the track; however he had the misfortune of belonging to an exceptional crop of three year olds. The three year old crop of 2007 included Champions Street Sense, Rages to Riches and Curlin, plus the multiple graded stakes winners Hard Spun and Any Given Saturday.   
 
 
Pedigree Points


The breeding of Sightseeing (Pulpit - Resort, by Pleasant Colony) combines sire lines of the historic Claiborne Farm with the distinguished Phipps female family bloodlines. Pulpit, bred by Claiborne Farm, won his only start as a two year old. He came back he following year to post an allowance win before making his presence known on the Triple Crown trail.  The son of A.P. Indy scored a 1 ½ length win in the 1 1/16 mile Fountain Of Youth as the favorite.  Three weeks later Pulipt was again sent off as the favorite in the Florida Derby, but wound up second, passed by Captain Bodgit in the stretch. Pulpit answered doubters to his distance abilities with an easy 3 ½ length triumph in the Blue Grass Stakes (G-2), contested at 1 1/8 miles.  In the 1997 Kentucky Derby, Pulpit battled early with Free House for the lead, but weakened in the stretch. Still, the talented colt finished fourth, beaten about 6 ½ lengths.  Unfortunately, the brilliant Pulpit suffered a hind leg injury in the Kentucky Derby and was retired. 
 
Pulpit (A.P. Indy – Preach, by Mr. Prospector) has evolved into a consistent and respected stallion. With over 20 sons at stud in various parts of the world, Pulpit has built a reputation as a sire of sires.  His sons Tapit, Sky Mesa, Stroll and Corinthian are emulating Pulpit at stud in getting solid stakes winners.  Despite being a son of Classic Chef-de-Race A. P. Indy, Pulpit tends to  infuse more speed than stamina into most of his offspring.
 
Sightseeing’s dam Resort (Pleasant Colony - Extravagant Woman, by Alydar) was a late maturing two year old. She faced the starter twice at the end of the year, winning her second start. The long-winded filly was an allowance class runner until July of her three year old season, when she finished second to multiple graded stakes winner Jostle in the CCA Oaks at 1 ¼ miles. Resort beat Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Status in that Grade 1 race.  During her career, Resort also placed in the Gazelle Handicap (G-1), Monmouth Beach Stakes and Turnback the Alarm Handicap (G-3). She retired with a 19-4-2-4 ($247,730) record.
 
Resort bore seven foals of racing age, including the two year old filly Jet Away (by Mr. Greeley). Two foals are unraced. Despite being bred to some of the best stallions, Sightseeing is her only foal to earn blacktype.  Resort is a half-sister to Brooklyn Handicap hero Living Vicariously (by Time For A Change) and the multiple graded stakes veteran With Distinction (by Storm Cat). Two of her half-sisters produced stakes runners. Sightseeing’s female family includes Kentucky Oaks heroine Goodbye Halo, who also won the CCA Oaks and the Champion Turf Horse Val’s Prince. Sightseeing’s third dam Squander was a precocious sort who won the Astoria and Sorority Stakes (G-2) at two.  His fourth dam Discipline and fifth dam Lady Be Good are blue hens. 
 

 
 
Sightseeing’s damsire Pleasant Colony (His Majesty – Sun Colony, by Sunrise Flight) was precocious enough to win the Remsen Stakes (G-2) at two.  At three, he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but his Triple Crown hopes were dashed by Summing in the Belmont Stakes. Despite this, Pleasant Colony earned Champion Three Year Old honors. He was a top sire and named an Intermediate Chef-de-race. The majority of Pleasant Colony’s daughters’ offspring are best beyond a mile. Notable runners include the Champion Mare Pleasant Home, Grade 1 winning sire Forestry, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly heroine Cash Run, Grade 1 turf veteran Marsh Side and the multiple stakes winning veteran Wanderin Boy.
 
With Classic Chef-de-races Alydar and Buckpasser as his third and fourth damsires, Sightseeing has no shortage of stamina through his distaff line.
 
 
Analyzing the Babies
 
Sightseeing has 51 foals in his first crop. They will be best from mid-summer onwards and improve with racing.  The majority will prefer dirt; however if Sightseeing is like other top sons of Pulpit, his offspring will win over all surfaces and the individual's female family atributes will hold sway.  Sightseeing stands at Richland Hills for a fee of $3,500.

 

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very good points ,i am considering sightseeing for my mare by storm cat stallion ,it is a good outcross

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   

 

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