Hall Of Famer, Prominent Sire A.P. Indy Dies At Age 31

A.P. Indy, the 1992 Horse of the Year and the foundation of the modern Lane’s End stallion roster, died Feb. 21 at the farm where he had spent most of his life and all of his stallion career.

A statement from Lane’s End read:

“It is with extreme sadness that we today announce the passing of our beloved A.P. Indy, he was 31 years old. A.P. Indy passed away peacefully in his stall at the Lane’s End stallion complex, the barn he called home for 27 years. Champion A.P. Indy’s list of accomplishments range far and wide as his legacy continues to be carried through the outstanding performances of his sons and daughters across the globe. He was the most important and popular member of the Lane’s End team and we are deeply sorry to all who loved him as much as we did.”

A.P. Indy, a son of Seattle Slew, was bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish III and William Kilroy, out of the Secretariat mare Weekend Surprise. He was the most expensive yearling of the 1990 auction calendar, consigned by Lane’s End to the Keeneland July Select Yearling Sale and going to bloodstock agent Noel O’Callaghan of BBA Ireland for $2.9 million.

The colt ended up in the barn of trainer Neil Drysdale for owner Tomonori Tsurumaki, who named him after his recently opened auto speedway Nippon AutoPolis. A.P. Indy finished his 2-year-old season with a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity, setting the stage for his championship season.

Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male came to A.P. Indy at the end of his sophomore campaign after compiling a resume that included wins in the G1 Belmont Stakes and Santa Anita Derby, the G2 San Rafael Stakes and Peter Pan Stakes, and a season- and career-finale score in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park.

For as much as A.P. Indy achieved that season, he was poised to do even more. He was installed as the morning line favorite for the 1992 Kentucky Derby, but a bone bruise discovered during a morning jog led to his being scratched the morning of the race.

The withdrawal ultimately cost A.P. Indy nothing when it came to year-end honors, and he finished his career at the end of his 3-year-old campaign with eight wins in 11 starts for earnings of $2,979,815. His accomplishments were also enough to net dam Weekend Surprise the Broodmare of the Year title in 1992. A.P. Indy was voted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2000, the same year his trainer was inducted.

“Probably the thing that most struck me about A.P. Indy was that he was fearless,” Drysdale said. “He had no fear of humans or other horses or anything. His legacy as a sire is remarkable. He introduced stamina into the breed.”

A.P. Indy’s future at stud was determined during the summer of his 3-year-old campaign when Farish and Kilroy bought back into the horse. He entered stud at Lane’s End in 1993, setting forth one of the great stallion careers in North American history.

His first crop produced the Grade 1 winner Pulpit, who himself went on to sire current commercial juggernaut stallion Tapit. Multiple Grade 1 winner Tomisue’s Delight also came out of A.P. Indy’s debut class of foals.

Future crops saw A.P. Indy responsible for 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft, Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini, Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches, champions Tempera and Honor Code, Canadian champions Marchfield and Serenading, and Queen’s Plate winner Eye of the Leopard.

He was perennially among North America’s leading sires by earnings, and reached the top of the list twice. At its peak, A.P. Indy’s stud fee rose to $300,000.

A.P. Indy was pensioned from stud duty in 2011 due to declining fertility, but remained in the same stall in the Lane’s End stallion complex for the remainder of his life. His position near the entrance of the stud barn and his fan-friendly personality kept him in the spotlight long after his days as an active stallion were over.

Longtime Lane’s End stallion groom Asa Haley looked after A.P. Indy for about 14 years between his active stallion career and life as a pensioner.

In addition to his success on the track and as a sire of runners, the A.P. Indy line is one of the most proven in the modern stud book in producing future stars of the breeding shed. Direct descendants of the A.P. Indy sire line spread out through today’s stallion directory to include Lucky Pulpit and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, Malibu Moon and Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Sky Mesa, Stay Thirsty, Dialed In and Gunnevera, and Flatter. Tapit, through his sire Pulipt, has sired Belmont Stakes winners Tonalist, Creator, and Tapwrit, champions Untapable, Hansen, and Stardom Bound, and popular sires Cupid, Frosted, Constitution, and Tapizar.

The Lane’s End roster has also been influenced heavily by its cornerstone sire. The farm currently stands sons Mineshaft and Honor Code, grandsons West Coast and Mr Speaker, and great-grandson Tonalist.

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