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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 1 2012 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds II 1 1/8 Miles 3 REPLAY
Mar 10 2012 San Felipe Santa Anita Park II 1 1/16 Miles 5 REPLAY
Feb 4 2012 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park II 1 1/16 Miles 4 REPLAY
Dec 17 2011 CashCall Futurity Hollywood Park I 1 1/16 Miles (S) 2 N/A


Jerry Hollendorfer


Jerry Hollendorfer has saddled over 6000 winners and entered racing’s Hall Of Fame in 2011 honoring his long and illustrious career. Known for his hard work and dedication he claims horse racing is also his hobby. In 2010 he trained champion Blind Luck who also joined Lite Light and Pike Place Dancer on his roster of Kentucky Oaks winners. Other top runners include , Dakota Phone, King Glorious, Event of the Year, Tuscan Evening, Heatseeker and Chocolate Candy.

Jose Lezcano


Jose attended the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in his native Panama before coming to the United States in 2003. He has been ranked among the leading riders in the nation for the past several years and has racked up leading rider titles at Monmouth Park, Meadowlands, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park. He is the regular rider of Champion filly Royal Delta and Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve. He finished second in the Kentucky Derby aboard Ice Box . Jose won with his first Breeders Cup mount aboard Maram in the Breeders Cup Juvenile fillies Turf. Other top mounts include Deputy Glitters, Fly Down, Keertana and Winter Memories.

Larry and Marianne Williams, Tree Top Ranches


Larry and Marianne Williams own Tree Top Ranches which is located near Boise, Idaho and raises and breeds thoroughbreds. The Williams' are longtime supporters of Boise State University and have contributed generously to the school's academic and athletic initiatives including the expansion of the Boise State Broncos football stadium. They stand several stallions at their Tree Top Ranch including Lucky Pulpit, the sire of Rousing Sermon, who they bred and own. They have also bred and raced stakes winners Runforthemoneybaby and Luckarack.

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Lucky Pulpit--Rousing Again, by Awesome Again

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California-bred Rousing Sermon does not own a fashionable pedigree for the Kentucky Derby.

He is from the second crop of Lucky Pulpit, an 11-year-old stallion who stands for a $2,500 live foal fee at Harris Farms near Coalinga, California. Lucky Pulpit earned $209,928 from a 22-3-5-5 career line, posting his lone stakes victory in the 2005 Smile Stakes at five furlongs on turf. He competed mostly in sprints for Todd Pletcher.

Rousing Sermon is one of only two stakes winners from Lucky Pulpit so far along with the California-bred sprinter Luckarack.

Lucky Pulpit is by Pulpit, one of the prime contenders for the 1997 Kentucky Derby after capturing the Blue Grass Stakes and Fountain of Youth and finishing runner-up in the Florida Derby, and Pulpit is son of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, who was himself by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

Lucky Pulpit, who is out of the Cozzene mare Lucky Soph and from the same female family of multiple Grade 1 hero and sire Unbridled’s Song, is a well-bred but unheralded stallion.

Rousing Sermon is second registered foal out of the winning Rousing Again, whose first offspring Tiz Again Roused, a son of Tiznow, raced mostly in sprints despite being bred for longer distances. Rousing Again is by 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, sire of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, and the 12-year-old mare is out of the Alydar mare Rousing.

Maternal second dam Rousing is bred for routes, but her most successful offspring is multiple Grade 3 winner Chindi, a son of El Prado who compiled a total of five stakes wins sprinting.

Rousing Sermon possesses the stamina in his bloodlines for the 1 ¼-mile trip, but there is little class in his female family and it would be a surprise to see Lucky Pulpit sire a Derby winner.

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