A. P. Indy – Not Only Was He a Belmont Stakes Winner, But Maybe the Best Sire Ever

A. P. Indy – Not Only Was He a Belmont Stakes Winner, But Maybe the Best Sire Ever

Sometimes people forget just how good the 1992 Belmont winner A.P. Indy really was.

He was the most expensive yearling in 1990, priced at $2.9 million, and no wonder, his father was the 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, and his mother Weekend Surprise was sired by another Triple Crown winner, the great Secretariat.

The original plan was to run in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, but he was scratched the morning of the Derby due to a quarter crack.

He came into the 1992 Belmont off six consecutive wins, including the Santa Anita Derby and a 5 ½ length win in the Peter Pan Stakes, and entered as the even money favorite. The Belmont field included Derby runner up Casual Lies and Preakness winner Pine Bluff. Casual Lies dictated the early pace and ticked off a strong opening quarter of 23 and 1. A.P. Indy saved ground down at the rail just a length or two off the leader, and to his outside the Preakness winner Pine Bluff. Down the backstretch, he was eased off the leaders and fell back a bit, then made a four wide run approaching the turn into the stretch.

As they turned into the stretch, Pine Bluff wrested the lead away from Casual Lies and took a short lead over A.P. Indy who loomed dangerous. A.P. Indy overtook Pine Bluff in deep stretch and held off a run from British invader My Memoirs, who got second. It was 13 lengths back to the fourth place finisher.

In winning, he tied for the second fastest time ever run in the Belmont, tying Easy Goer’s 1989 mark of 2:26 flat.

A.P. Indy would hit a couple of bumps in the road and in his next race, the Molson Million at Woodbine, he went off as the heavy 3-5 favorite but gave way in the stretch. His next race was the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup – in this race, he bobbled at the start and was pinched back, falling some 15 lengths behind the leaders at one point, but he still made a gallant run at the end and finished third. On the strength of this run despite the early trouble, he was made the 2-1 favorite in what was to be the final start of his career, the Breeder’s Cup Classic.

He would face 13 other runners, including Pleasant Tap who had beaten him in the afore-mentioned Jockey Club Gold Cup and the 1991 Kentucky Derby winner, Strike the Gold. He broke on top of the field actually though not really committed to the lead. Eddie Delahoussaye then tucked him down toward the rail and was sixth as they rounded the first turn. The pace was sizzling going the 6 furlongs in 1:10 flat. As they rounded the far turn, began to find his best stride as he swung off the rail, and with only three sixteenths of a mile left to go, he was only 2 lengths off the leader, and by the eighth pole, he was leading the field, and only had Pleasant Tap to hold off. A.P. Indy was too strong and coasted to the wire under a hand ride to win the Classic in an exceptional time of 2:00.20.

Unfortunately, he was retired after the Classic and we never got to see him race as a four year old, the age when most horses enter their prime, but judging from the achievements of his progeny, the sky was the limit on his potential. He went on to sire great horses such as 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft, 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini, and 2007 Belmont winner, the filly Rags to Riches.

He retired with 8 wins from 11 starts and $2.9 million in career earnings.



Comments Legend

The headings of our comments provide additional information about the user that made the comment. The legend below explains the different colored headings you will find while reading the comments.

  • The Author
  • VIPs
  • Moderators & Staff
  • Others
  • You can join the conversation by creating your free account. It only takes a few seconds.

lindzfelix's picture

Wow!

I knew about A.P. Indy's successes as a sire but I never knew that much about his racing career! I guess that goes to show I need to brush up on my research and knowledge of horses that raced before 2004! Thanks for the very informative blog! :)

mikerullo's picture

ap indy

ap indy would have won the triple crown, If he didnt get hurt the morning of the derby. we still have a couple of chances for him to sire a triple crown winner. My favorite horse of all time.

raselfedowi's picture

One of the other horses mentioned here,

Pleasant Tap ran in at least three different Breeders Cup races. He doesn't get enough credit.

sapadog's picture

Yes

Yes A P Indy Was my favorite horse during my time of going to the track everyday
i bet on him when he broke his maiden at Santa Anita or Hollywood a long time ago
i believe he was 8-1 if memory serves which it doesn't do most of the time
BUT I"VE ALWAYS LOVED A P INDY
however when i have used him as a sire I've been disappointed LOL


You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
  • socalfan earned 1,000,000 Points playing our game.
  • PhaseDragon earned 810,000 Points playing our game.
  • rero0517 earned 643,500 Points playing our game.
  • jackpotrace earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • yowdvm earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • ahijah earned 478,120 Points playing our game.
  • scorpion56 earned 443,114 Points playing our game.
  • blackcaviar007 earned 407,550 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 381,381 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 379,665 Points playing our game.
  • EddyDKing earned 329,472 Points playing our game.
  • oparada earned 325,396 Points playing our game.
  • jackpotrace earned 304,590 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,300 Points playing our game.
  • savagepaw earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 292,500 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 276,533 Points playing our game.
  • bobbatt earned 270,270 Points playing our game.
  • tawee57 earned 264,264 Points playing our game.
  • stonedlocust earned 261,475 Points playing our game.
  • jackpotrace earned 254,826 Points playing our game.
  • realbadwolf earned 254,826 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 254,182 Points playing our game.
  • doughboy47 earned 248,391 Points playing our game.
  • cartel 72 earned 242,599 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 240,768 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 239,059 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 233,590 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 223,208 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 220,077 Points playing our game.
  • tawee57 earned 218,880 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 216,730 Points playing our game.
  • Dr. Nefario earned 216,602 Points playing our game.
  • ahijah earned 212,355 Points playing our game.
  • tawee57 earned 206,778 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 206,563 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 203,775 Points playing our game.
  • socalfan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • Williamsburg earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • mattaliendi66@gmail.com earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • Williamsburg earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • Williamsburg earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • horton33 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • bigdog236 earned 198,198 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 197,769 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 196,911 Points playing our game.
  • bigdog236 earned 195,624 Points playing our game.
  • sleepers earned 193,050 Points playing our game.
  • ziggyredlag earned 192,192 Points playing our game.
  • tawee57 earned 191,334 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 188,760 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 188,545 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 186,400 Points playing our game.
  • kalabrouchie earned 184,899 Points playing our game.
  • scorpion56 earned 184,470 Points playing our game.
  • duss860 earned 183,105 Points playing our game.
  • cloud509 earned 182,110 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • Gentile4 earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • ahijah earned 174,817 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 173,355 Points playing our game.
  • 21burns earned 172,575 Points playing our game.
  • wells6423 earned 168,811 Points playing our game.
  • dahghee earned 168,480 Points playing our game.
  • doughboy47 earned 165,165 Points playing our game.
  • ziggyredlag earned 165,165 Points playing our game.
  • sleepers earned 163,663 Points playing our game.
  • horton33 earned 162,591 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 162,591 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 153,216 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 100,000 Points playing our game.
  • conleyj@sbcglobal.net earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • jockeyedgar_02 earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • conleyj@sbcglobal.net earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • jockeyedgar_02 earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • Gentile4 earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • Gentile4 earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • hiplainsryan earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • frelance earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • hiplainsryan earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • frelance earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • frelance earned 45,000 Points playing our game.
  • hiplainsryan earned 45,000 Points playing our game.