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A.P. Indy Line -- Eyeing a Big Weekend

It was a relatively quiet weekend in international racing, but there was one classic in North America, Canada's classic Queen's Plate. The race went to favorite, Eye of the Leopard, who narrowly held of from Mr. Foricos Two U, with Canadian Oaks winner Milwaukee Appeal third.

Eye of the Leopard certainly has the pedigree for the job as he is by A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) out of Canadian champion 3-year-old Eye of the Sphynx, a daughter of Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO) -- earning a TrueNicks A+ rating. Interestingly, Eye of the Sphynx is bred on the same Smart Strike/Vice Regent cross as the dam of Mine That Bird, while Curlin is by Smart Strike out of a mare by Vice Regent's top son, Deputy Minister.

Possibly an even better-bred A.P. Indy weekend stakes winner was With Flying Colors, a daughter of  four-time grade I-winning My Flag (by Easy Goer out of the undefeated Personal Ensign). A half-sister to champion Storm Flag Flying and to On Parade, the dam of this year's Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) and Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) winner Parading (by A.P. Indy's son Pulpit), With Flying Colors, who is rated A+. She gained her first stakes victory Sunday by taking the Floral Park Heatherten Stakes at Belmont Park.

The weekend was a good for a couple of other A.P. Indy sons, as well. Malibu Moon doubled with Bon Jovi Girl and Ask the Moon. Bon Jovi Girl, out of the Alydar mare Chipeta Springs, took the Susan's Girl Stakes at Delaware Park; previously she had been been runner-up in the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II). With Malibu Moon being out of a Mr. Prospector mare, this one has the genetic relatives Mr. Prospector and Alydar in the center of the pedigree. A day after Bon Jovi Girl's win, Ask the Moon captured the Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park. She is rated TrueNicks A++,and is out of a mare by Valid Appeal. Malibu Moon was one of horses featured in our "Good Value Sires" and he now has seven stakes winners this year, all but one sired at a fee of $10,000 or less.

Another "Good Value" son of A.P. Indy, Jump Start, also added a stakes winner at the weekend with Assessment winning Emerald Downs' Budweiser Emerald Handicap. Assessment is out of a mare by Silver Ghost, and Jump Start also has stakes winners out of Mr. Prospector-line daughters of Carson City, Fast Gold, and De Niro (by Gulch). Assessment is not only inbred 4 x 3 to Mr. Prospector, but his granddam, Dismasted, is by Restless Native (a son Native Dancer bred on rather similar lines to Raise a Native) out of a mare by Nashua, is bred similarly to Mr. Prospector.

Finally, A.P. Indy son Golden Missile – now based in New York – added a stakes winner when Winning Drive took the Lil E. Tee Handicap at Presque Isle Downs. Out of a Phone Trick mare, Winning Drive is TrueNicks rated B+.

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