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Anne M. Eberhardt

A.P. Indy Era Ends at September Yearling Sale

Nine members of his final crop were sold for an average of $461,111.

A.P. Indy’s last offspring have been sold at the Keeneland September yearling auction in Lexington, ending an era in the Thoroughbred marketplace. Fifteen members of the great sire’s final crop were cataloged, 12 were offered, and nine found new homes.

They grossed $4,195,000 and averaged $461,111.

All of the A.P. Indy yearlings in the September sale were listed in books one and two in the auction’s catalog, which covered the sale’s first four sessions. As of the end of book two, A.P. Indy was the auction’s top sire based on his progeny’s average.

"We consider A.P. Indy very much Keeneland’s horse," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. "He was our July (select yearling) sale topper and we were very proud of him then. We’re very proud of his race record and his stud career. Yes, it’s a sad occasion that the last one sold. But his legacy will continue through his sons and daughters."

The most expensive A.P. Indy yearling that was sold at the September auction was a filly out of grade III winner Moonlight Sonata (by Carson City) that bought $1.1 million during the sale’s opening session Sept. 10. Named A. P. Sonata, she is a half sister to grade II winners Wilburn  (by Bernardini ) and Beethoven (by Sky Mesa ). Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm of Florida purchased the bay yearling from Mill Ridge Sales, agent.

The last A.P. Indy offspring to go through the sale ring was offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, during the fourth session as Hip No. 1015. Out of the grade III winner Mo Cuishle (by Saint Ballado), the filly brought $200,000 from trainer Mark Casse, agent.

"I actually thought there would be a litlle more of a premium on them, especially the daughters because A.P. Indy is a phenomenal broodmare sire." Russell said. "But as it has been politely explained to me this week, ‘That is the marketplace.’ That is the decision that was made (by the buyers)."

A 23-year-old son of Seattle Slew, A.P. Indy commanded $2.9 million in 1990 to top Keeneland’s July select yearling sale, which no longer is conducted. He was the Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male in 1992 when he won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).

A.P. Indy, who stood at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., was North America’s leading stallion by progeny earnings in 2003 and 2006. He was North America’s leading sire of sale yearlings by average in 2007, 2010, and 2011.

His breeding career ended last year when he failed to get any mares in foal. There are 36 yearlings in his final crop.