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The Sons of A.P. Indy Are Passing Down His Influence

A.P. Indy is a sort of royal being in the horse racing industry. His pedigree is legendary: he is sired by Seattle Slew and is out the esteemed daughter of Secretariat, Weekend Surprise. He has an incredible physical presence to match and had a huge amount of talent on the racetrack. A.P. Indy is, though, most known for his astounding contribution to today’s Thoroughbred.

A.P. Indy, now 30 years old, lives lavishly at Lane’s End Farm. It is the same farm from which he earned his respect as a sire by producing horses such as Pulpit, Honor Code, Rags to Riches, Bernardini, Secret Status, and Mineshaft. He also became hugely important as a broodmare sire. His daughters have produced horses like Royal Delta, Super Saver, Plum Pretty, and more. Countless great horses have descended from A.P. Indy since his retirement in 1993.

The last crop of foals sired by A.P. Indy were born in 2011. Since then, the world has been looking to his sons to carry on his legacy at stud. They have done very well thus far. Mineshaft was born in 1999. An outstanding career on the racetrack earned him $2.2 million and a Horse of the Year Title. But like many other sires, Mineshaft’s career at stud has earned him millions and millions of dollars more. He stands at Lane’s End Farm for $20k. Three of his yearlings have sold for seven digit figures and among his twenty-two graded winners are (Gr.1) Effinex, (Gr.1) Weep No More, (Gr.3) Bitumen, (Gr.3) Suddenbreakingnews, (Gr.3) J Boys Echo. He has sired 53 stakes winners.

Bernardini is most known for his wins in the 2006 Preakness Stakes and in the Gr.1 Travers Stakes. He is now raking his home Jonabell Farm in $50k per foal. The price is high for a good reason - Bernardini has sired 15 Gr.1 winners including Cavorting, Alpha, Stay Thirsty, and To Honor and Serve.

Take Charge Indy, the half-brother to Will Take Charge, began his stud career at WinStar Farm and now resides at Jeju Stud Farm in South Korea. His absence from the United States hasn’t harmed his ability to make an influence on the nation's racing scene. He is a relatively new sire but has already produced horses like Long Range Toddy, Everfast, and Noble Indy. Honor Code is also relatively new to the sire scene. His first crop just reached racing age and the racing world will soon see if Honor Code will be as good at stud as he was on the racetrack. His dam Serena’s Cat carries the strong female line of Serena’s Song, so few doubt that Honor Code’s offspring will be great. The passing away of Pulpit in 2012 and of Jump Start in May of 2019 have left a sort of void in the breeding industry. Though those two incredible sires are no longer with us, the presence of A.P. Indy’s sons have at stud can be felt in every level of horse racing. Sons and daughters of Bernardini are winning everywhere from allowance races to Gr.1 races. The offspring of Mineshaft have been smashing their competition at the nation’s smallest and largest racetracks. The son's of A.P. Indy have a huge weight upon their backs. They must be able to carry on the legacy that their sire had. Many of them have already proven that they have what it takes. Time will tell how strongly his influence will live on; so far the outlook is grand.

[Video: Honor Code's stallion video for Lane's End Farm]


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