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2/21/20 - A.P. Indy (1989-2020)

A.P. INDY, Seattle Slew's greatest son on the racetrack and in the breeding shed, passed away on Feb. 21 at the age of 31.

Impressive from the beginning, A.P. Indy topped the 1990 Keeneland July Summer Selected Yearling Sale when he commanded a price of $2.9 million. On the racetrack, the dark bay won the 1992 Belmont Stakes (G1) after missing his chance to compete as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1) due to a quarter crack, and finished his three-year-old campaign with a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), earning championship honors and the Horse of the Year title. His other stakes victories came in the Hollywood Futurity (G1) during his two-year-old year and the Santa Anita Derby (G1), San Rafael Stakes (G2) and Peter Pan Stakes (G2) at three. In all, A.P. Indy won eight of his 11 starts and earned nearly $3 million on the track.

The influential stallion was the leading North American sire in 2003 and 2006 and the leading broodmare sire in 2015. A.P. Indy sired numerous grade 1 winners, graded stakes winners and stakes horses.

He is the sire of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft, who wrapped up a rare triple for A.P. Indy and Seattle Slew when he earned that title. A.P. Indy's other U.S. champions include Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Bernardini, Belmont Stakes winning filly Rags to Riches, older champion male Honor Code and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Tempera. He sired United Arab Emirates Horse of the Year Festival of Light, Canadian champions Marchfield, Serenading, Eye of the Leopard and Catch the Thrill and also Ecuadorian champion Gabriel's Hill.

Although he currently has nearly 30 sons standing at stud, A.P. Indy's most influential son in the breeding shed may have been multiple Grade 2 winner Pulpit, the sire of Tapit, a three-time leading American sire who is perennially at the top of sire lists today.

Among A.P. Indy's most impressive progeny as a broodmare sire are two-time champion Royal Delta, champion Wait A While and Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.

Born and raised at Lane's End Farm, A.P. Indy returned to the farm after his racing career and lived the rest of his life in their stallion complex. He was pensioned from stallion duty in 2011.

The Slew Crew mourns the loss of A.P. Indy and sends its sympathy to his team.

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