A.P. Indy, the 1992 USA Horse of the Year and the foundation of the modern Lane’s End stallion roster, died on Friday, 21 February, 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.

He won the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic on his way to American Horse of the Year honors in 1992. His time in the Belmont Stakes tied Easy Goer for the second-fastest running in the history of the race, behind his broodmare sire Secretariat.

“Probably the thing that most struck me about A.P. Indy was that he was fearless,” trainer Neil 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.  – extracts from Paulick report.

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