Six Sons of A.P. Indy Carrying On His Legacy


Legendary sire A.P. Indy passed away a few months ago and the horse racing world is still mourning his loss. Though we mourn, we know that A.P. Indy will never truly die. He lives on through his many sons and daughters and their offspring alike.


To honor this great sire, we took a look at some of his sons currently standing at stud in the United States:


1. Bernardini - Darley America, $40k Bernardini only raced for a single year, but was able to win six of his eight starts including the Preakness Stakes (G1), Travers Stakes (G1), and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). According to American Classic Pedigrees, this Champion Three-Year Old is considered to be an extremely handsome horse with an excellent shoulder. Bernardini has sired 15 Grade 1 winners. According to his profile on Darley’s website, only Tapit and Curlin can top Bernardini’s record of 21 graded stakes winners on dirt in the past five years. He is the youngest stallion in the world with 5 Grade 1 winners as a paternal grandsire and 8 G1 winners as a broodmare sire. Among his most notable progeny are horses like Alpha, Cavorting, Stay Thirsty, Boban, and Rachel’s Valentina. Bernardini has been bred to Champion mares like Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, and Blind Luck. Bernardini is out of the Quiet American mare Cara Rafelea.


2. Malibu Moon - Spendthrift Farm, $60k Malibu Moon is regarded as A.P. Indy’s best son at stud. After just two races, Malibu Moon was retired to stud in Maryland for a fee of just $3,000. He quickly began to make a name for himself as a sire, having produced Champion Two-Year Old Declean’s Moon and graded stakes winner Perfect Moon in his first few crops. He eventually found his way to his current home of Spendthrift Farm. Malibu Moon has seventeen Grade 1 winners on dirt, ranking him just behind Tapit among active sires. He is also one of just five sires to have sired a Grade 1 winner each year for the past four years. Malibu Moon has sired 122 black-type winners, 49 graded stakes winners, and 17 Grade 1 winners. Among his most notable progeny are horses like Orb, Devil May Care, Gormley, Carina Mia, and Life at Ten. He has also been a very successful broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Stellar Wind, By The Moon, Girvin, and Bellafina. Malibu Moon is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Macoumba.

3. Flatter - Claiborne Farm, $40k Flatter’s best race was a third place finish in the Washington Park Handicap (G3), but has proved himself as a good stallion even without a glittering race record. According to Claiborne Farm’s profile of Flatter, he has sired 54 stakes winners and six millionaires. His progeny have won on both dirt and turf at distances from seven furlongs to 1 ¼ miles. Flatter was the number one sire of two-year old stakes winners in 2018. Among his notable progeny are West Coast, Avie’s Flatter, Proverb, Sower, Chapaula, and Fashion Faux Pas. Flatter is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Praise, making him a full-brother to San Pasqual Handicap winner Congrats. He is from the immediate family of Elate, Roar, and Sea Hero.


4. Mineshaft - Lane’s End Farm, $20k Mineshaft was a brilliant racehorse, so brilliant that he was voted Horse of the Year in 2003. Since retiring to Lane’s End, Mineshaft has sired 53 stakes winners and 22 graded stakes winners. Two of his progeny have gone on to become Champions and seven are Grade 1 winners. Among this bay stallion’s most notable progeny are Effinex, Weep No More, Discreetly Mine, Suddenbreakingnews, It’s Tricky, Dialed In, and Bond Holder. Mineshaft is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Prospector’s Delite.

5. Congrats - WinStar Farm, $10k Congrats is a full-brother to Claiborne Farm stallion Flatter. He won the Alysheba Stakes at four and the San Pasqual Handicap at five. Additionally, he hit the board in a few graded stakes races. Congrats has been in the top sires by winners for the last five years and ranked in the top five in three of those years. He has sired 97 black-type horses, 37 black-type winners, and four Grade 1 winners. Congrats has sired more total winners in the past five years than any other son of A.P. Indy. Among Congrats’ notable progeny are Wickedly Perfect, Turbulent Descent, HaveYouGoneAway, Emma’s Encore, Venus Valentine, Forever Darling, Buen Viaje, Polar River, and Bango. Congrats is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Praise.

6. Honor Code - Lane's End Farm, $30k Honor Code was one of the few foals born in the last crop of A.P. Indy. Honor Code was an exciting racehorse known for winning the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and Whitney Stakes (G1) in the same year. He is thought to have one of the best pedigrees in the industry right now; his dam Serena's Cat is from the family of prominent producer Serena's Song. Honor Code is a fresh face as stud, but his progeny are already desired by horsemen across the country. He is currently represented by horses like Honor A.P. and Max Player.



These six stallions are not the only horses carrying on A.P. Indy's legacy. He is represented overseas by stallions like Majestic Warrior. Late stallions like Pulpit, Stephen Got Even, Jump Start, and Lucky Pulpit also passed on A.P. Indy's bloodlines before their passing.


Perhaps most important is A.P. Indy's grandson Tapit (Pulpit). Tapit is one of the most recognizable names in horse racing. He has been a highly desirable stallion for years on end and his sons are making a name for themselves at stud as well. In just thirty years, A.P. Indy became a horse racing legend that we will talk about for decades to come. He is truly an icon.

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