A. P Jet, who got into a fight with fellow stallion Gold Token at Howard and Susan Kaskel’s Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., in April 2006, was euthanized June 9 because of complications from the infirmities of old age. A. P Jet was 21 and had been pensioned since 2008.
The fight started after A. P Jet got loose from his handler and galloped over to Gold Token’s paddock. Gold Token crashed through the fence, and the two started fighting and took off galloping beside the paddocks. Gold Token hit a tree and dropped dead. A. P Jet underwent surgery and later was returned to stallion duty at the farm.
A Kentucky-bred son of Fappiano, A. P Jet raced in Japan, where he was a group III winner and group I-placed for Del Mar Club. He won or placed in 11 of 36 races and earned $1,411,402 from 1991-96.
A. P Jet attracted considerable attention by way of his sire line and female family when it came time for him to enter stud in 1997. Fappiano’s champion son, Unbridled, had come off a season in which he was represented by 1996 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Grindstone and major winner Unbridled's Song . A. P Jet’s dam, Taminette (by In Reality), had already produced grade I winner Tappiano. A. P Jet also had major winners and successful sires Gone West, Known Fact, and Tentam under his second dam.
Hall of Fame trainer John A. Nerud was responsible for standing A. P Jet at Sugar Maple. A. P Jet entered stud in 1997 for $5,000.
A. P Jet was New York's leading sire in 2005. He is represented by 15 stakes winners, including Jini’s Jet and Travelator, and the earners of 18.7 million.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan and Dr. Kirk Shiner are the breeders of A. P Jet.