A.P. Indy has accomplished many things in a tremendously successful stud career, but there will be one jewel missing from the pensioned stallion’s crown – a Kentucky Derby winner. He has sired winners of the Preakness, the Belmont, and a slew of Breeders’ Cup races, but the roses will forever elude his offspring. The final word was had with the removal of Honor Code and Commissioner – two of A.P. Indy’s last crop to race – from the Derby trail.
Still, a Derby winner isn’t everything. A lot of luck goes into breeding a champion. Some sires never see anything more notable than a Derby winner, and A.P. Indy’s legacy on the first Saturday in May is longer-lasting than just one statistic.
Take the favorite, for example: California Chrome. He is a son of Lucky Pulpit, whose grandsire is A.P. Indy. In fact, the Pulpit line has paid off for the leading sire – of the four A.P. Indy line horses looking towards Louisville, three of them trace back to the now deceased Pulpit. Two of them, Ring Weekend and Tapiture, are sons of Tapit, who is arguably the most prolific source of the A.P. Indy line today. There was a time in January where it seemed like every three year-old winner under the sun was sired by Tapit!
Bubble horse Commanding Curve is a son of Master Command, who is in turn a son of A.P. Indy. Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity also has “Indy” in his blood. His sire, Any Given Saturday, is out of Weekend in Indy, a daughter of the great stallion. A.P. Indy’s influence doesn’t stop with the sire side, either. He is the damsire of Chitu, the Sunland Park Derby winner, and the sire of Uncle Sigh’s second dam, Happy Tune.
And even if none of these horses hit the wire first on Derby day, A.P. Indy still has a bit of roses to his credit: Orb, sired by his son Malibu Moon, splashed home to win last year’s Kentucky Derby.