Indy descendants dominate “Super Saturday”
Descendants of legendary North American stallion A P Indy thoroughly dominated proceedings of one of the US’s biggest weekends. Super Saturday saw the sire line come to the fore in such prestigious races as the Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, Beldame Stakes, and Gr1 Frontrunner Stakes.
Ron The Greek (by A P Indy son Full Mandate) won the $1 000 000 Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup by six and a half lengths on Saturday to stamp himself a leading contender for November’s Breeders Cup Classic. The six-year-old, who had previously won both the Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap and Gr1 Stephen Foster Handicap, has now won nine times and over $2 700 000 in prize money. The Jockey Club Gold Cup has been won by A P Indy line descendants now six times since 2000.
Another grandson of A P Indy to win a major Grade One feature on Saturday was juvenile colt, Bond Holder. A son of A P Indy’s Horse of the Year Mineshaft, Bond Holder took top honours in the Gr1 FrontRunner Stakes, and he is likely to run next in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Bond Holder, who is from the same family as leading Cape sire Var, is one of 29 stakes winners for his sire – whose son, Hightail, won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint back in 2012.
A P Indy blood dominated the finish of Saturday’s Grade One Beldame – one of North America’s most important races for fillies and mares. The 1800m contest, worth $400 000, saw Princess of Sylmar (from the first crop of A P Indy son Majestic Warrior) prove herself a champion with a comprehensive two length win over dual Breeders Cup winner and champion Royal Delta (whose dam is by A P Indy), with A P Indy filly Centring a well beaten third.
The success of A P Indy descendants continued on Sunday, when Miss Behaviour (a daughter of A P Indy horse Jump Start) took her unbeaten record to three when winning the Gr2 Matron Stakes for juvenile fillies. She is one of 36 stakes winners for her sire Jump Start, whose progeny have earned over $28 000 000.
The A P Indy male line enjoyed major success on the turf as well as the dirt over the weekend. Indy Point (by A P Indy’s recently deceased son Indygo Shiner) took his tally in North America to two wins from three outings when recording a one and a quarter length win in the Gr2 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sunday. A former winner of the Argentine Derby, Indy Point is likely to be aimed at the Breeders Cup Turf.
This sudden surge of A P Indy success is not surprising, as sons and grandsons continue to excel in North America. His son, Malibu Moon (sire of the 2013 Kentucky Derby hero Orb) is fourth on the US sires list, a maternal grandson, Dunkirk, is one of North America’s top first crop sires, and another son, Majestic Warrior, heads the US second crop sires list.
A P Indy’s legacy is alive and thriving in South Africa. He is the sire of last year’s Equus Outstanding Stallion Judpot, grandsire of very promising young Klawervlei sire Jay Peg, and has exciting young sires A P Answer, A P Arrow, Just As Well and dual champion Marchfield also representing him in the country.