1997 Blue Grass Stakes Grade I
There was a threat of rain. There was nervousness over a recent loss in Florida. It was a new race over a new track, and there were several new shooters trying to knock him off. But none of Pulpit's potential problems materialized. It was as if divine intervention was bestowed upon the colt, who resurrected his standing among the nation's leading 3-year-olds with an emphatic victory today in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course. Pulpit romped to a 3 1/2-length victory over Acceptable to set up a dramatic rematch with his archrival, Captain Bodgit, in the Kentucky Derby three weeks from today. Captain Bodgit and Pulpit split two meetings in Florida this winter, then went their separate ways today. One hour before Pulpit's victory, Captain Bodgit took the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York. ''Now we'll find out who's best,'' said Pulpit's trainer, Frank Brothers. Pulpit was at his best today. He was making his first start since his first career loss, which came when he ran second to Captain Bodgit in last month's Florida Derby. He was running for the first time anywhere other than Gulfstream Park. Two colts from California, Stolen Gold and King Crimson, were flown here to offer a fresh challenge. And overnight rain left the track muddy for the day's first race. But the combination of blustery winds and late-afternoon sunshine dried out the track. It was fast, and so was Pulpit. Pulpit stalked the early pace-setter, Jules, through comfortable fractions of 233/5 ...
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