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Eldon’s Prince Goes for 3 Stakes in a Row in Friday’s Pulpit

Nov 30, 2021
Pulpit, Wait a While Co-Headline Championship Meet Opener

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gentry Farms’ Eldon’s Prince is scheduled to seek his third-straight stakes victory on Friday’s opening day program of the 2021-2022 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, where the son of Cairo Prince figures as the horse to beat in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes.

The Pulpit, a mile turf race for 2-year-olds which drew a field of 12, will co-headline an 11-race program with the $75,000 Wait a While, a mile turf stakes for juvenile fillies. The Pulpit and Wait a While will kick off a $14.26 million stakes schedule for the Championship Meet that will run through April 3.

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Eldon’s Prince has shown versatility in his three-race career, having won the Proud Man at a mile on turf and the off-the-turf Armed Forces while sprinting on dirt.

“He finds a way to win,” Joseph said. “He’s a horse, as the distances get longer, he’ll want to go further. I think he’s going to be a horse that will go a mile-and-an-eighth, a mile-and-a-quarter, a mile-and-a-half on the grass, but this is a good race to get him started. Hopefully, he’ll run as well as he’s run before.”

A $280,000 purchase at the OBS April 2-year-olds-in-training sale, Eldon’s Prince debuted on turf at Gulfstream Sept. 18, rallying from off the pace to finish second in a 7 ½-furlong maiden special weight race. He came right back to graduate in the Proud Man, overcoming a rough start and drawing away to a six-length victory. Cutting back to seven furlongs on the main track, the Ontario-bred colt rallied from seventh to prevail by a head in the Armed Forces.

“He’s not super flashy as far as speed in the morning, but he’s super steady. He’ll gallop out super strong in all of his works,” Joseph said. “On the dirt, you can see that he’s even. I think his preferred surface is going to be turf. I know he won on dirt, but I think he just won on ability. He’s a horse that can overcome things.”

Edgard Zayas has the return mount aboard Eldon’s Prince.

Silverton Hill LLC’s Red Danger also brings stakes experience on both turf and dirt into the Pulpit. The son of 2013 Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb captured the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint over Kentucky Downs turf Sept. 29. After finishing fourth in the Bourbon (G2) on turf at Keeneland, the Brendan Walsh-trained colt finished second behind Howling Time in the Oct. 31 Street Sense at 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Churchill Downs.

Julien Leparoux, who was aboard in the Street Sense, has been awarded the return call.

Cammarota Racing LLC’s Baron Cesco is slated to stretch out to a mile after showing considerable promising sprinting both on turf and Tapeta. The Antonio Sano-trained son of Klimt debuted with a front-running victory Aug. 6 at Saratoga. After finishing far back in the off-the-turf Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga, Baron Cesco finished a late-closing third in the Hollywood Beach over Gulfstream’s turf after being held up in traffic on the backstretch. The Kentucky-bred colt enters the Pulpit off a second-place optional claiming allowance over Gulfstream’s Tapeta course.

Wendall Yates, Troy Johnson, Carroll Boys Racing and Marita Weston’s C My Meister enters the Pulpit off a pair of third-place stakes finishes. The Kelsey Danner trainee, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream in his turf debut, finished third in the Aug. 21 Kitten’s Joy at Colonial before checking in behind a pair of next-out-winners while finishing third in the Oct. 23 Juvenile for Florida-breds at Gulfstream.

Live Oak Plantation’s Biz Biz Buzz, a Michael Trombetta-trained son of Fed Biz who finished third in the Futurity (G3) on turf at Belmont two starts back; Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Speaking Scout, a Graham Motion-trained son of Mr. Speaker who finished second in a Keeneland allowance last time out; and My Racehorse.com’s Duke of Love, a Josie Carroll-trained son of Cupid who is coming off an impressive debut victory over Woodbine’s Tapeta; are promising Pulpit entrants.

Peacock Stable’s Sport Pepper, Carl Hess Jr.’s Concrete Glory, Joker Racing LLC’s Kitodan, John Minchello’s Fast N Ready, and GU Racing Stable LLC’s Always Gambling, round out the field.

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