Two-time leading North American sire A.P. Indy has been pensioned at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., after none of the mares bred to him this year have been pronounced in foal.
Bill Farish said the 22-year-old son of Seattle Slew had been unable to impregnate any of the more than 25 mares bred to him during the 2011 breeding season. He said all syndicate members have been notified of the decision.
“We had some vets in last week trying to look for some magic answer, but he is 22 years old,” Farish said April 8. “He’s had a great run. He’s obviously been a great stallion for us.”
A.P. Indy is the second major Lane’s End stallion to be pensioned recently, with the farm announcing last September that Kingmambo would no longer be servicing mares.
“Losing him and Kingmambo in such a short period of time is a tough blow, but both horses had been waning,” Farish said. “They’re tough to replace.”
The farm issued a statement saying the stallion suffered from age-related testicular degeneration disease but is otherwise in good health.
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and W. S. Kilroy, A.P. Indy was foaled at Lane’s End and was sold for $2.9 million, highest priced yearling of 1990. Trained by Neil Drysdale, A.P. Indy initially raced in the colors of Tomonori Tsurumaki. Farish, Kilroy, and Harold Goodman became part owners in A.P. Indy in the middle of 1992.
A.P. Indy was voted Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male after winning the Belmont Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Santa Anita Derby, all grade I races.
“A.P. Indy will remain in the stall he has occupied for almost 20 years” said Will Farish. “I feel blessed to have been the co-breeder, along with my friend Bill Kilroy, of this great horse who was a champion on the track and is proving to be one of the most influential sires of our time. It is our fondest wish that he will live a long and happy retirement.”
As a stallion, he has sired more than 135 stakes winners, including champions Mineshaft ; who also stands at Lane’s End, Bernardini ; whose stud career got off to a good start with two grade I winners from his first crop; Rags to Riches; Tempera; Marchfield; and Serenading; among others.