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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.