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Honor Code's Opportunity to Complete the Legacy of A.P. Indy

A.P. Indy 615 X 400
Photo: Lane's End

Honor Code rallied from 22 3/4 lengths back after a half mile to win his career debut, going away, in a Saratoga Maiden Special Weight event at seven furlongs. The eventual second-place finisher, the Pletcher-trained Misconnect, returned to break his maiden on the Super Saturday undercard at Belmont Park.

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Here is a replay of Honor Code's visually remarkable debut win:




Don't miss this blog on Thursday, when we will preview Honor Code's stakes debut in the Champagne as well as stakes action at Keeneland. Now let's shift the focus of this post back to the great stallion A.P. Indy.

Ever since his offspring first started hitting the racetrack, A.P. Indy has unquestionably been the most outstanding stallion in North America.

His offspring first debuted in 1996. Since that time, they have amassed over $107 million in North American earnings. Smart Strike is his closest pursuer over that time period, and his offspring trail by more than $15 million.

Perhaps more impressively, A.P. Indy has sired 103 different graded stakes winners in North America. Storm Cat is his closest pursuer in that respect, with 86 different graded stakes winners sired during that time period.

After digesting those facts, you might find it impossible to believe what I'm about to tell you:

No horse sired by A.P. Indy has ever won a race of any kind at six furlongs or less at either Saratoga or Del Mar.

I first shared this fact with a friend, NYRA TV analyst Andy Serling, during the 2006 Saratoga meet. Ever since, whenever an A.P. Indy offspring has started at six furlongs or less at Saratoga, Andy has referred to this fact, on the air, as "The A.P. Indy curse."
 
Curious parties have asked how many A.P. Indy offspring have started at six furlongs or less at Saratoga or Del Mar. The answer is 91.

They are 0-for-67 at Saratoga. Remarkably, in 19 instances, the horse went off at odds of 5/2 or less.

At Del Mar, A.P. Indy offspring are 0-for-24 in races at six furlongs or less.

So the "A.P. Indy curse" equals an 0-for-91 stat, with his offspring burning up enough money to fill the Grand Canyon with ashes. (Logically enough, these horses usually improve markedly when stretched out in distance in the start following that sprint.) *

Anyone who remembers watching A.P. Indy race will tell you that he had an unusual running style. He kept his head extremely low to the ground, and he possessed a very long, sustained run. He was not an especially quick-footed or tactical horse.

When A.P. Indy himself debuted, going six furlongs at Del Mar, he broke cleanly, but was never involved at any stage and finished a well beaten fourth as the 2/1 favorite in a field of just seven. He never raced at six furlongs or less again, and won his next seven starts, the win streak culminating with a victory in the Belmont Stakes.

A.P. Indy has sired 17 different millionaires. They are a combined 1-for-14 lifetime in races at six furlongs or less. The lone win came from Take Charge Indy in a six furlong maiden race at Arlington Park.

Bernardini was a well beaten fourth in his debut at six furlongs at Gulfstream Park. However, by just his fourth career start, he was a dominant winner of the Preakness. Rags to Riches was a soundly beaten fourth in an early season two-year-old dash at Churchill Downs. She was a Grade 1 winner by just her third career start and would later become the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 102 years.

Not only has A.P. Indy been a sensational stallion, he's been a pretty darn good broodmare sire and sire of sires, too.

On this year's Super Saturday card at Belmont Park, the Beldame winner, Princess of Sylmar (by Majestic Warrior), and Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Ron The Greek (by Full Mandate) are both sired by sons of A.P. Indy.  

On last year's Super Saturday card at Belmont, the Beldame winner, Royal Delta (out of Delta Princess), and Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Flat Out (by Flatter) both had A.P. Indy as either their grandsire or broodmare sire.

A.P. Indy is also the grandsire of this year's Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, and the broodmare sire of 2010 Derby winner Super Saver.

Still, for all of A.P. Indy's amazing achievements as a stallion, he's never sired a Kentucky Derby winner. He has just this one fairly small crop of two-year-olds remaining. That gives him one last glimmer of hope--a glimmer made less faint by the presence of Honor Code.

 

*For context: A.P. Indy offspring are 176 for 1,372 at all tracks at distances of six furlongs or less: 12.8% wins. They're 1,519 wins from 8,418 starts in route races: 18% wins

 

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AP Indy's are 1-27 at every distance over the DelMar Poly since they installed it. Common knowledge that AP Indy's are really bad on dirt.
I have waited 40 years to see another that is " deep through the heart."
Good luck to lanes end farm , class operation. I hope the slop didnt move this horse up.
Well aware of Rosberg, Mike. I thought he had a big future after that win at Santa Anita. Same goes with A. P. Assay, who was a half to the sensationally talented 2yo Came Home. Came Home won the Hopeful with a big figure and was plenty fast himself. Malibu Moon was an A. P. Indy who won his second start going very short, he could have been any kind as well.
Rosberg , son of a.p. indy won at santa anita as 2 yr old in his 2nd career start in 1:08:85 He would have been a star if they didnt ship him to dubai
A. P. Indy did sire A.P. Assay who was a very fast filly. In fact I think she ran a close fifth in the Breeders Cup Sprint one year. Either '96 or '98.
  • The Doctor · I just looked it up and it was '98. She's the horse closing fast out in the middle of the track. Man that was a good field, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usOuIc3EKIM · 333 days ago
A. P. Indy did sire A.P. Assay who was a very fast filly. In fact I think she ran a close fifth in the Breeders Cup Sprint one year. Either '96 or '98.
FYI, i just checked,i do have silks posted.They are the colors of Fupeg.Forgot i created them.
never gave it any thought,can i ask why? Also ,just curious, are you the Andy Scoggin that Sword greeted at Belmont Park on Saturday on the way to the winners circle area?
tmallios--why don't you make some silks or get an avatar?
I don't know why my post, reposted. Obviously from reading my username you can tell what bloodline I believe is the best and bet on regularly. Bold Ruler may have been the only Stallion that I could consider better than AP Indy. He sired Secretariat, fastest KY Derby time ever and the fastest Preakness (malfuntion with clock) ever and the fastest Belmont time ever. Spectacular Bid has the fastest 1 1/4 time ever. His sire was Bold Bidder who was sired by Bold Ruler. Then you have Seattle Slew who was sired by Bold Reasoning with Bold Ruler behind him. So, AP Indy's pedigree left nothing to be desired. Probably one if not the most proven pedigree ever. With two Triple Crown winners, Seattle Slew being the sire and maybe the greatest horse ever Secretariat being the broodmare sire. AP Indy produced the filly Rags to Riches who beat Curlin at the Belmont after stumbling badly out of the gate. Like the writer said, it had been 102 years since a filly won te Belmont and to do it in such dramatic fashion in the stretch run against Curlin was incredible. To me that is the best win that a offspring off of AP Indy ever had. I just love this family of horses and what they do at the track.
AP Indy was a great performer as well as maybe the best Stallion ever. To bad he had to miss the KY Derby himself. His time in the Belmont was only beaten by his broodmare sire and Easy Goer by 2/5ths of a second. It's really ashamed that Take Charge Indy got injured. He was looking good and would have had a good shot at the BCC this year. AP Indy's offspring tend to mature late but Honor Code is looking like he's pretty good size already. Hopefully he can make it to the Derby and win it for his sire. It was also a real shame that he couldn't have produced a offspring with Zenyatta. That would have been a awsome breeding that should have produced a classic distance monster. I guess we'll see what AP Indy's son and grandson, Bernardini and Tapit (Puplpit) produce with her.
Bold Ruler, you are so right on about ,Take Charge Indy. At the Haskell undercard,he was well on his way to an overwhelming victory ,just prior to that terrible injury. He was getting real good at the time. He threw in a clinker in the Stephen Foster. He was coming off of 2 spactacular speed figures at Gulfstream Park and on Oaks Day. He needed more time to recover. But what you saw briefly at Monmouth ,is where he was heading.
AP Indy was a great performer as well as maybe the best Stallion ever. To bad he had to miss the KY Derby himself. His time in the Belmont was only beaten by his broodmare sire and Easy Goer by 2/5ths of a second. It's really ashamed that Take Charge Indy got injured. He was looking good and would have had a good shot at the BCC this year. AP Indy's offspring tend to mature late but Honor Code is looking like he's pretty good size already. Hopefully he can make it to the Derby and win it for his sire. It was also a real shame that he couldn't have produced a offspring with Zenyatta. That would have been a awsome breeding that should have produced a classic distance monster. I guess we'll see what AP Indy's son and grandson, Bernardini and Tapit (Puplpit) produce with her.
Andy,in the Metropolitan area,no showers in sight until Monday morning,temps will be in the high 70's threatening 80 in some areas. Should be a carbon copy of the JCGC weather
Honor Code has a tremendous kick. Super excited to see where his career takes him
I'm really looking forward to seeing Honor Code in the Champagne, hopefully on a dry track!
Not surprising that AP Indy babies have poor stats as sprinters. AP Indy babies hate polytrack. At Del Mar, his offspring are 28-1-2-2 over the surface. In fact, most sires from the Slew sire line dislike poly.

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