A top-class racehorse who began life with a first-rate pedigree and an imposing physique, A.P. Indy has piled honors upon honors through a long and uncommonly successful tenure at stud. Still residing in the stallion barn at Lane’s End Farm, where he is the most distinguished of pensioners, the big bay with the great history is treated with the respect that he has earned.
In every sphere of the sport, the impact of A.P. Indy – through his sons and daughters, and especially through his grandson, leading sire Tapit – is shaping the breed. They tend to be well-balanced, strong-bodied horses with medium or larger size, and they tend to possess an athleticism that allows this enlarging family of horses to succeed in differing situations.
At the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-yearolds in training last, the effect of A.P. Indy was noteworthy. And yet, who would claim that 2-year-old precocity or effectiveness in sprints is the first thing to cross one’s mind in regard to the Horse of the Year who clinched his title with a victory in the 10-furlong Breeders’ Cup Classic?
But the versatility so fascinating in this line of horses allows some of them to prosper in early training, and some of these quick and early prospects may well develop through this season to become even better late this year or at 3. Among the vast offerings of 2-year-olds in training at the April sale were sons and daughters of top sons of A.P. Indy like Bernardini, Congrats, Flatter, Malibu Moon, and Mineshaft. In addition, Tapit and his sons presented a fleet of young prospects who were popular with breeders, trainers, and buyers at sales of horses in training.
Two sons of Tapit, in particular, are generating interest. Tapizar, who stands at Gainesway in Kentucky, had nine juveniles cataloged in the April sale. A bigger and scopier type of horse than many of the Tapits, Tapizar has passed on size to many of his offspring, and they have proven quite popular, with a filly at Gulfstream bringing $800,000 earlier this year.
Another Tapit son of note is champion juvenile Hansen, sold after a single season at Ashford and now standing in Korea. The typey gray Hansen is getting stock that are quick, medium-sized, and quite athletic. They have brought good prices at preceding sales and have gone into solid racing programs. With 18 cataloged at the April sale, these horses proved very popular and fit into many buyers’ budgets.
Nor is Tapit the only branch of A.P. Indy fizzing up interest for consignors and buyers. Sons of champion Bernardini are getting attention from breeze watchers, as well. Sons of Bernardini with pricier fees, such as To Honor and Serve (Gainesway) and Stay Thirsty (Ashford), had several nice prospects available at OBS, but lesser-priced sons of Bernardini such as Algorithms (Claiborne) and Biondetti (Woodford Stallions) are getting some good-moving, quick-working young athletes who look pretty serious.
The key to it all, of course, is that this line continues to excel for class and for classic potential, even as they whip round a single turn at high speed.