Honor A. P.
Longines Classic Division
OwnerC R K Stable LLC
Honor A. P. has garnered many fans thanks to his impressive record, clever name and flashy good looks.
He solidified his place at the top of his class with a clear victory over eventual TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) winner Authentic in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) in June. His name is a nod to both his father, Honor Code, and paternal grandfather, A.P. Indy. The former received the 2015 Eclipse Award as champion older dirt male after finishing third the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). A.P. Indy won the 1992 Classic as part of his Hall of Fame career before establishing himself as a world-renowned stallion.
With a similar stunning appearance as his sire—dark bay coat with white face and legs — Honor A. P. always stood out especially at Fasig-Tipton’s premiere August yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was registered as Hollywood Hero in the auction catalog, but that name was changed before he raced to commemorate A.P. Indy. On a final bid of $850,000, he went to the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing. The initials represent their adult children Christina, Richard and Katherine. The operation purchases about seven yearlings each year and dabbles in breeding and selling.
Searing owns and operates Searing Industries that manufactures steel-tubing products. As a child he went to the races with his father, who purchased his first racehorse when Searing was 12. His purple and gold silks represent his loyalty to the Los Angeles Lakers. One of C R K Stable’s best runners was Kobe’s Back, who was named for Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
“(My) company has done really well and has allowed me to buy some really nice horses,” Searing said in a May 8, 2020 Thoroughbred Daily News article. “When you go back 54 years and you look at all these horses you’ve owned–including having fun with a lot of cheap horses–I’m going to continue to enjoy horse racing over the years to come.”
Honor A. P.’s trainer John Shirreffs is best known as the conditioner of the great race mare Zenyatta, the only female winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
|August 01, 2020||Shared Belief S.||DEL MAR||2|
|June 06, 2020||RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||1|
|March 07, 2020||San Felipe S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||2|
|October 13, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|August 17, 2019||DEL MAR||2|