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About Indy King

Sometimes things happen for a reason. Last year Grant Irvine and his team at Dalacine Farm in Palmerston North were left reeling after the unexpected loss of proved sire Gone For Real. No, the stud's looking ahead to this spring with an exciting new sire on their books by US sire of the moment, A.P. Indy, in Indy King.

"It's funny how things work out. It was a case of right place, right time," says Dalacine Farm spokesman Henri Jooste.

Indy King previously stood at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky. Had it not been for the financial downturn in the US, the farm never would have been able to afford to buy a horse like this. As it was, the day after our offer was accepted Adena Springs received a much higher offer from another farm, Jooste explained.

"There is a lot to like about Indy King. We are really very fortunate to have secured him. We did our homework, and we believe we couldn't have got a better replaced for Gone For Real."

Indy King's pedigree speaks volumes. A US$2.2 million yearling, he is from a highly prized dam line by Champion Sire A.P. Indy, but in line with the stud's philosophy of standing proven sires it was his success from limited opportunities that was the deal-breaker.

Indy King has made a flying start at stud with relatively small books of mares off a low service fee, producing 55 starters for 36 individual winners from three crops to race. A stallion of size and substance, he has proven he can produce speedy stakes winners of both sexes and horses that can win at two years and train on becoming graded stakes and classic performers as 3YOs, says Jooste.

Out of just 20 horses in his first crop, Indy King had a dream start when his first 2YO runner, Indy Joe, won on debut over six furlongs by 7¼ lengths and has since gone on to become a stakes winner and graded stakes horse as a 3YO. His first crop also yielded Champion Imported 2YO filly, Su Majested, in the Dominican Republic, who ironically is out of Helmsman mare, which also now stands at Dalacine Farm.

Indy King's second crop, totaling 35 foals, has produced the smart stakes winner, Mindy Queen, winner of eight of 13 career starts to date the Assiniboia Oaks by 9¼ lengths in Canada. Recently she kicked off this season finishing second behind Proud Heiress in the listed Wishing Well Stakes. In addition to Mindy Queen, his second crop has also yielded the Group 1 placed 2YO, Panhandler, and Indycency, a winner of five races (four in succession). That same crop has also produced I am The King a winner of two races from six starts and placed fourth on Boxing Day in the Listed Christmas Stakes in his last start.

Last season Indy King sired four individual 2YO winners from just 11 starters in his third crop including the promising Pleasant Prince, which finished a strong fifth at Gulfstream resuming as a three year old against horses aimed at the Kentucky Derby, as well as 2YO winner Shawhan Select, which just initiated his 3YO career with a first up second. He is also the sire of the very promising filly Cynical Girl, a winner by 4¼ lengths over a mile at her third start.

Jooste says Indy King showed immense promise as a racehorse prior to suffering a career ending leg injury before ever making it to the track. Although he could have made a full recovery given time, due to his value as a sire given his pedigree and the A.P. Indy factor, which is currently hot property, he entered the breeding barn at Adena Springs.

Indy King's dam is the Champion Mr Prospector mare Queena, a winner of 10 races including three grade ones, making him a half-brother to Group 1 Hollywood Derby winner Brahms (by Danzig), which stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana, and a full-brother to the dual grade winner La Reina. His second dam, Too Chic (by Blushing Groom), was also a grade one winner, and not only produced Queena but the grade one winner, Chic Shirine. The family hails back to Monade (by Klarion), the champion three-year old filly in both England and France.

A.P. Indy is a son of the legendry Seattle Slew. He has made a huge impact as a sire of sires in the US and on the international scene. His sire sons in the US making headlines are Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Mineshaft, who are all bred on the identical A.P Indy x Mr Prospector cross as Indy King, Few of A.P. Indy's sons have ventured to the Southern Hemisphere. Amongst his most successful in this part of the world are Indygo Shiner and the ill fated Camden Park, sire of Group 1 Dubai Dutyfree winner Jaypeg, who have phenomenal success in Argentina and South Africa, respectively. Unfortunately Camden Park died prematurely after just two seasons; the South Africans have replaced him with A.P Arrow. The best known son of A.P. Indy in Australasia is champion racehorse Beradini, who shuttles to Darley Australia.

Jooste says A.P Indy has been hailed as the successor to Northern dancer and Mr Prospector, reviving the fortunes of the Bold Ruler line.

"Indy King has a pedigree which dovetails nicely with the New Zealand bloodmare population. His sire A.P. Indy is a half brother to former shuttle sire Honor Grades and to Summer Squall the sire of Postponed, their dam and blue hen Weekend Surprise, a daughter of Secretariat, is inbred to the marvelous Somethingroyal."

He says Indy King should be particularly suited for mares with Sir Tristram blood in their makeup. Being Northern Dancer free to makes him an ideal outcross particularly for mares by Danehill or his sons.

Indy King will arrive in New Zealand in August having been leased to Richwine Farm, Indiana, to serve one last season in the US before taking up duties here.

Jooste says it was a win-win situation. Breeders there were keen to use him, utilizing the robust breeding development programme implemented last year, and Dalacine Farm was keen to see him get one more crop of youngsters in the US.

- As published by Thoroughbred Racing Monthly