What a weekend it was for the A.P. Indys! I blogged about his son Indygo Shiner’s two Dubai SWs on Thursday and Friday, then the weekend became “All Indy” with A.P.’s 3-year-old son Friesan Fire taking the G3 Risen Star, Aptitude (by A.P.) getting a stakes winner in New York, and last and most importantly Tapit (by Pulpit, by A.P.) having TWO Graded SW’s!
Frank Mitchell has a great blog piece on the Tapit SWs that you can read by visiting his blog, bloodstock in the bluegrass (http://fmitchell07.wordpress.com/).
Click Werk to view the nick ratings and pedigrees of the two Tapit SWs, champion and G1 winner Stardom Bound and G3 War Echo.
Pulpit is one of many A.P. Indy stallions at stud in North America, and so far it’s been tough going for many of them, Pulpit being the notable exception (We actually named him a WTC Quality chef-de-race last month). The reason is pretty obvious: Up to now, the stamina that they pass on has been in conflict with the speedy racing programs offered here. That’s why some lesser-raced sons of A.P. Indy have been surprisingly more successful in places like South America and South Africa, where the racing climate is friendlier for showing off classic-type stamina. For example, sons of A.P. Indy like Indygo Shiner (G3 winner, started at stud in Argentina) and Camden Park (winner, started at stud in South Africa, now dead) have been absolute phenoms in the Southern Hemisphere, and now horses like Aptitude (Argentina) and Judpot (South Africa) figure to add to A.P. Indy’s Southern Hemisphere record.
But let’s not give up on his sire-making ability up North just yet as Malibu Moon is doing extremely well and stallions like Bernardini and Majestic Warrior are waiting in the wings.
And then there’s Pulpit, a very serious stallion who is showing signs of becoming an even more serious sire of sires. Pulpit was speedier than most of the A.P.’s, and he’s become an emerging sire of sires with not just Tapit (TWO G1 winners and a champion from his first crop), but also Stroll (now in Italy and doing great!) and Sky Mesa (FIVE graded SWs from his first two crops including a G1 winner). Click Werk to view the pedigrees of Tapit, Stroll, and Sky Mesa.
Pulpit could turn out to be a stallion factory. To date 22 of his 36 unrestricted SWs are colts and SIX of his seven G1 winners are colts!