The piece, in somewhat different form, appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.
Still alive and in good condition at Lane’s End Farm, A.P. Indy has more than earned a plush retirement. After winning the Belmont Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and becoming Horse of the Year, he has gone on to a distinguished stud career, has reenergized the Bold Ruler line at the top level of racing, and has confirmed the continuation of the line with significant stallion sons.
Although he covered mares in 2011, none got in foal, and the stallion’s last offspring were born in 2011.
With the last crop of yearlings by A.P. Indy being offered for sale in 2012, it’s not a case of “get ’em while they’re hot,” but instead, “get ’em while you can.” The nine yearlings in Monday night’s Book 1 at the Keeneland September yearling sale and the six more in the Tuesday through Thursday sessions of Book 2 are part of the last regular crop by the great stallion, and hereafter, buyers will not have the opportunity to pick through the offspring of the 1992 Horse of the Year to select those that meet their high criteria.
The supply has run out.
Of the 32 other stallions with yearlings in the first select session at Keeneland September, three (Bernardini, Malibu Moon, Pulpit) are sons and one (Tapit) is a grandson of A.P. Indy. No other active stallion has a comparable representation.
That is not unusual because the odds are strongly stacked against any stallion who achieves high success having even one son of equal merit. The stallion game is that competitive, and few stallions get the full measure of support and success required to “reproduce themselves” and become a genuine sire of sires at the highest level.
A.P. Indy, however, has done that by siring a constant stream of premium performers from his first season at stud, and that volume of quality is what’s required to become one of the best sires in history.
A.P. Indy, a classic winner and Horse of the Year and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, reproduced those athletic qualities in his offspring, who tended to favor tests of merit at a mile or more, but who also possessed speed and versatility. As a direct result of reproducing those élite characteristics of the Thoroughbred in his offspring, A.P. Indy can also add to his list of accomplishments that he was one of the breed-shaping stallions of his era.
In addition to the four stallions listed above, another seven sons or grandsons of A.P. Indy have yearlings in the Book 2 portion of the first week of Keeneland’s premium yearling auction. The cumulative effect of A.P. Indy’s influence, through his own stock and that of his expanding male line, is the addition of speed to classic ability that has re-elevated the Seattle Slew branch of the Bold Ruler / Nasrullah male line to a preeminent position in world bloodlines.