Looking Back at A.P. Indy

2012 will be the first breeding season without A.P. Indy as an active stallion since he retired to Lane's End in 1993. Now 23 years old, the two-time leading sire was pensioned last April due to declining fertility. Sire of 1,119 foals and 142 stakes winners, A.P. Indy commanded a $300,000 stud fee for a large portion of his stud career.

A.P. Indy as a foal in 1989. Photo by Sue Lustig.

Bred by Will Farish and W.S. Kilroy, A.P. Indy is by the great Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, and produced from the grade III-winning and multiple grade I-placed Secretariat mare Weekend Surprise. Offered at the 1990 Keeneland July Sale, the ridgling brought a final bid of $2.9 million, a price certainly bolstered by his half brother Summer Squall's win in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) just two months earlier. The successful bid came from Tomonori Tsurumaki, who named the colt in honor of his recently-opened Nippon Autopolis, where Tsurumaki hoped to host a Formula One (Indy Car) event.

A.P. Indy at the 1990 Keeneland July Sale, where he sold for $2.9 million. Photo by Anne Eberhardt.

Trained by Neil Drysdale, A.P. Indy won four grade I races: the Hollywood Futurity, Santa Anita Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic, culminating his racing career with 1992 champion 3-year-old and Horse of the Year titles.

A.P. Indy has sired 26 grade I winners to date, and his top sons Pulpit (TrueNicks,SRO), Malibu Moon (TrueNicks,SRO), Congrats (TrueNicks,SRO), Mineshaft (TrueNicks,SRO), and Bernardini (TrueNicks,SRO), as well as Pulpit's son Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO), look to continue the success of the sire line.

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