Louder Than Bombs seeks to be heard back on turf in Pulpit Stakes

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December 06, 2018 03:48pm
Louder Than Bombs seeks to be heard back on turf in Pulpit Stakes
Photo: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park

Sandra New’s Louder Than Bombs will seek to be heard in Saturday’s $75,000 Pulpit Stakes over Gulfstream Park’s turf course after getting dirt kicked in his face at Churchill Downs last time out.

The Pulpit, a mile turf stakes, will be one of six stakes for 2-year-olds on an all-stakes program that will be headlined by the $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe, featuring five stakes for horses based in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Louder Than Bombs, who impressively captured the Armed Forces Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Sept. 29, was shipped to Churchill Downs in the hopes of participating in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Nov. 2. Unfortunately, the son of Violence didn’t draw into the field from the alternates list.

Trainer David Fawkes opted to try Louder Than Bombs on dirt for the first time in the $100,000 Street Sense on the Breeders’ Cup undercard. The Kentucky-bred colt didn’t show the explosiveness he had shown on turf, finishing sixth of nine in the one-mile stakes under Tyler Gaffalione.

“Tyler said he just didn’t like the dirt that much and kind of just spun his wheels. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to run in the Breeders’ Cup, but it is what it is,” Fawkes said. “I thought he was doing great. Unfortunately we just didn’t get selected.”

Louder Than Bombs debuted on turf at Gulfstream Park with a last-closing victory July 13. Two months later, he raced wide and finished fourth with a belated bid in the Proud Man Stakes. He returned to winning form in a big way in the Armed Forces, galloping away to a two-length victory.

Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, who will make his first Championship Meet appearance Saturday, has the mount.

“He had a great work last week and he’s doing real good. We got Castellano to ride,” Fawkes said. “I think he’s doing great. If he gets a good, clean trip around there, he’ll be tough.”


Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy was selected into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf field and will try to rebound in the Pulpit after finishing 13th. Trained by Michael Maker, who is also slated to saddle Faraway Kitten in the Pulpit, Henley’s Joy had previously lost a win photo by a nose in the Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland after winning his debut at Ellis Park and capturing the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile. Gaffalione has the return mount.


Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Faraway Kitten has two wins in three starts, his only loss coming in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile, in which he was forced to jump over a fallen rival. Jose Ortiz has the mount.


Marc Detempel and Galvin Fergus’ Life Mission is still a maiden but has demonstrated  immense potential while finishing second behind Henley’s Joy in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile and second in the Awad Stakes at Aqueduct. Luis Saez has the mount aboard the Ben Colebrook-trained son of Noble Mission.


Nashtrick, Shazier, Mr. Wrench It, Stirling Drive and Tangible round out the field.


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