Lane’s End Farm has pensioned its flagship stallion A.P. Indy.
A.P. Indy covered 25 mares this year but none of them returned positive tests. Lane’s End owner Will Farish revealed the 22 year-old son of Seattle Slew suffers from age-related testicular degeneration disease.
“Needless to say, we’ve been worried but health-wise he’s great,” Farish said. “He’s been a fantastic sire and has carried a sire line that is becoming more and more successful.”
A.P. Indy was a high achiever from the outset bringing $2.90 million at the 1990 Keeneland July yearling sale. He raced for a partnership that included Tomonori Tsurumaki along with Farish and breeder W. S. Kilroy.
“He was a unique horse from the beginning,” Farish said. “He was a beautiful-looking horse and as correct a horse as you’d ever want to see, and he was that way from the very beginning.”
He won the 1991 Hollywood Futurity and the 1992 Santa Anita Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. He retired to Lane’s End with an 11: 8-0-1 record and earnings of $2.98 million.
A.P. Indy was North America’s leading sire in 2003 and 2006 and was among the leaders in six other years between 2000 and 2009. His influential sons at stud include Bernardini, Pulpit, Mineshaft, Congrats and Malibu Moon.
A.P. Indy was advertised this year at a stud fee of $150,000. His progeny have earned more than $112 million to date.
A.P. Indy follows fellow Lane’s End champion Kingmambo who was retired last year. The news comes just days after Vinery announced his Champion first-season sire Congrats would shuttle to the Hunter Valley in 2011.