A. P Jet, who nearly lost his life after a stallion fight in April 2006 at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., has been pensioned from stallion duty. The son of Fappiano—Taminette, by In Reality, is 19.
"After a year of treatment and many examinations by several vets and clinics, it has been decided in the best interest of the horse to pension A. P Jet," according to a farm release. "He has been unable to effectively breed a mare since last year, but remains in excellent health otherwise. He will live out his days here at Sugar Maple Farm in his old stall and paddock, and his only duties will be to occasionally serve as a teaser. He has done very well for us and retires with an excellent record of which we all can be proud."
A. P Jet got loose from his handler and galloped over to fellow stallion Gold Token's paddock. Gold Token came through the fence to get at him, and the two started fighting and took off galloping beside the paddocks. Gold Token hit a tree and dropped dead. A. P Jet was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery. He was returned to the farm later that spring.
A Kentucky-bred who raced in Japan, A. P Jet is represented this year by 37 juveniles and 13 yearlings. He has sired a dozen stakes winners and the earners of $15.7 million. He ranked 11th on the 2007 New York sires list, with progeny earnings of nearly $1.7 million, and is ninth this year.