A. P. Indian
A. P. Indian
Simply perfect — that sums up A. P. Indian’s season thus far. He is six for six in 2016, with his last four victories all in graded events. Lifetime, he’s won 11 of 17, with four seconds and earnings of over $1.2 million. More than $1 million of that total has come from this year.
The 6-year-old Indian Charlie gelding comes into the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint fresh off a track record 1:08.43 in the six furlong Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 7. That mark bested Runhappy’s 1:08.58, set in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
A.P. Indian has a lot of fans, but perhaps none more enthusiastic than jockey Joe Bravo, who’s been aboard for the last five starts.
"He's just been a champion all along, ever since the first time I saw him," Bravo said after Phoenix victory. "He broke away from the gate so sharply. It's hard to keep going all the way, but that's what makes this horse so special. He breathes, he relaxes.
“To be six years old and still doing it like a champion and to break a track record today, hey, I take my hat off to him,” he said.
A homebred for the Green Lantern Stable, A.P. Indian won his season opener at Monmouth in the Decathlon Stakes via a disqualification, a race he also won in 2015. He captured the Donald LeVine Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing in Philadelphia for the second consecutive year, then notched his first graded win in the G3 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes.
He notched his first grade one victory in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt July 30, then another, setting a track record 1:20.99 for seven furlongs in the Aug. 27 Forego, both at Saratoga.