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Power Broker - A Pedigree for the Classics

September 29, 2012. Power Broker and Rafael Bejarano win the FrontRunner Stakes(GI) at Santa Anita Park.
The Frontunner Stakes (G-1), formerly known as the Norfolk Stakes, unveiled a new leader in California's Juvenile Colt division. Breaking from post 10, Power Broker raced three wide, rating in third about 1 ½ lengths behind the pace setters. At the top of the stretch he was given his cue by Rafael Bejarano. The chestnut colt took control down the lane, opening up 6 ½ lengths. He traveled the 1 1/6 miles in 1:44.44, just a tick faster than Executivepriviledge, heroine of the the filly counterpart, the Chandelier Stakes.

Previously, Power Broker who won his maiden in the Grade 1 FrontRunner, has led or pressed the pace in two of his three starts, faltering late after setting quick fractions. In his last start, the Bob Baffert trainee was beaten a neck by Dry Summer in the Oak Tree Juvenile Stakes, a one mile event over turf. The Frontrunner was Power Broker's first race over dirt. He avenged his loss to Dry Summer as that rival finished a non-competitive eighth in the Frontrunner.

The FrontRunner Stakes officially kicked off the new Road to the Kentucky Derby. In June, Churchill Downs instituted a new points system to winnow the Derby hopefuls. The Frontrunner Stakes and the Royal Lodge Stakes (Gr. 2), a one mile turf affair at Newmarket, England were held over the weekend. The winners of those races, Power Broker and Steeler, earned ten points in their Kentucky Derby quest. Additionally, the Frontrunner is a Breeders Cup “Win and you're in” challenge race.

With his victory in the FrontRunner Stakes, Power Broker established himself as a legitimate contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a very early Kentucky Derby favorite.

POWER BROKER (Pulpit - Shop Again, by Wild Again) was $360K Keeneland September 2011 Yearling purchase by Gary & Mary West. The chestnut colt is by sire of sires Pulpit, who is tied for second on the general sire list in terms of graded stakes winners this year. Puplit won or placed in five of six starts. His only off the board finish came in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. The gallant colt dueled on the lead for much of the race, but faded to fourth. It was discovered that Pulpit was injured during the race and was subsequently retired.

With over 20 sons at stud internationally, Pulpit is building a reputation as a sire of sires. His sons Tapit, Sky Mesa and Purge have led or been at the top of their respective Freshman Sire lists. Pulpit's offspring win over all surfaces and are generally best up to 1 1/8 miles, however, he is represented by five stakes winners at 1 ¼ miles or farther.

Pulpit (A.P. Indy - Preach, by Mr. Prospector)
Race Record: 6-4-1-0 ($728,200)

Career Highlights:
1st – Fountain of Youth Stakes (G-2)
1st – Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G-2)
2nd – Florida Derby (G-1)

Female Family:
Power Broker's female family is sprinkled with stakes winners. He is the third foal, second to race and first stakes runner produced by his stakes winning dam Shop Again. The bay mare needed 13 starts to win her maiden, sprinting six furlongs over dirt. She won four races, all sprints, including the Ada Stakes at Remington Park and an allowance contest over turf. Shop Again is a half sister to Miss Shop (by Deputy Minister), a multiple graded stakes winner from 1 1/16 miles and 1 ¼ miles. Miss Shop's accomplishments include victories in the Personal Ensign (G-1), Rampart (G-2), Turnback The Alarm (G-3) and Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf.

Shop Again half brother Trappe Shot (by Tapit) won the True North Handicap (G-2) and another half brother Bought In Dixie (by Dixieland Band) is a stakes winner. Power Broker's fourth dam Lady Be Good is a blue hen. Notable runners produced by this distaff line include Vosburgh (G-1) hero Mining, multiple stakes winner Scolara and the English Champions Zilzal, Culture Vulture, and Intikhab.

Shop Again (Wild Again - Shopping, by Private Account)
Race Record: 21-4-2-4 ($122,274)

Career Highlights:
1st – Ada Stakes

Power Broker carries plenty of stamina in his distaff line. His damsire Wild Again was a multiple graded stakes winner between 1 1/8 to 1 ¼ miles, including a victory in the inaugural 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic. As a broodmare sire, Wild Again is currently #26 on the 2012 Broodmare Sire List in terms of winners. Over 57 of his daughters progeny are stakes winners, including Stephen Foster (G-1) victor Macho Again, Breeders' Cup Marathon (G-2) hero Afleet Again, and Forego Handicap champ Pyro. Power Broker and Pyro are similarly bred, as both are by Pulpit out of Wild Again dams.

Pulpit has ten foals out of Wild Again mares. Seven have started and won, and four own blacktype. Pyro and Power Broker are the only graded stakes winners. Two others have won listed stakes.

Wild Again (Icecapade - Bushel-n-Peck, by Khaled)
Race Record: 28-8-74 ($2,204,829)

Career Highlights:
1st – Breeders' Cup Classic
1st – Meadowlands Cup (G-1)
1st – Oaklawn Handicap (G-2)
1st – New Orleans Handicap (G-2)

More stamina attributes are found through Power Broker's second damsire Private Account (by Damascus), a two-time Grade 1 winner at 1 ¼ miles. Among his top offspring is the undefeated Champion Mare Personal Ensign. Power Broker's third sire is Kentucky Derby/Preakness hero Majestic Prince.

Power Broker is a large, muscular colt, whose physique brings to mind another Baffert trainee, Point Given. Power Broker has the build of a two – turn horse, with a deep, slanted shoulder and powerful hind quarters. His gait is smooth with average extension and no wasted motion. Power Broker has the pedigree to be successful at 1 1/8 miles and beyond. He's already a winner at the distance of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and just as importantly, his victory came over the Santa Anita dirt. Should he finish competitively in the Juvenile, Power Broker could become a powerful opponent on the Triple Crown trail.


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***de los dos pulpit.. sin lugar a dudas el que mejor pedigree tiene.. pero.. mr. prospector line... mejor 1 milla... 1m 1/8.. pista dura mejor para los dos..... "water is diferent".. avanti sempre.
I'd have to agree with Baffert. That is the only reason I picked him.
Baffert himself said this can run all day and that this is one of his top 2 year olds.
Pedigree does matter. In their two year old year I pay attention and account pedigree. I even study pedigree in the Kentucky Derby to see who can get distance. I even study pedigrees for the Belmont. I study pedigrees unitl the TC. After that, you can base them on performance and acheivements. But, Power Broker, you need to see HOW LONG he has the PONTENTIAL to run. By looking at this pedigree, I agree with SSgal. I don't see him getting the long distance like 12 furlongs. I think he would have trouble at 10 even.
He has stamina and the pedigree doesn't matter as much after seeing a Dixie Union Colt win the Belmont.
And, a lot of the stamina in his pedigree has started to fade out. I like the Slew/A.P Indy part, but it's on the sire side (and I still believe that the dam is more influential when it comes to stamina), and it's is overweighed by the other sprinters in his pedigree.
I don't see him running that far either. SSgal, I'm not even sure 10 furlongs is for him. There are a lot of sprinters in there. I see him more of an 9 furlong horse. But, then again, I know little to nothing on studying pedigrees.
What do people consider a pedigree for "stamina" to be nowadays? 1 1/4 miles? Sure, it could get him thorugh the Derby and Preakness, but I don't see anywhere in his pedigree that tells me that he could go 1 1/2 miles.

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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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