(Photo : Summerhill Stud)
Anyone in the States last week with the running of the Preakness, would’ve been reminded how big the Triple Crown is in the American psyche. Given the turmoil in that country, the result of the first two legs were a tonic to a nation crying out for some good news.
If you were in the self-proclaimed “Thoroughbred Capital of the World”, Kentucky, you’d have been struck by another phenomenon: the pervasive influence of the reigning “emperor” of American stallions, A.P.Indy. Every major farm stands at least one son or grandson, and while his fame rested initially on classic types, these days the tribe are running short and long, on the grass or on the dirt, and they’re flying on the polytrack as well.
Camden Park’s instant success with two Grade One winners in his first two crops in South Africa, makes a compelling case for A.P.Indy in this country. Unsurprisingly, Champion breeders, Summerhill, Drakenstein Stud and a European investor have teamed up in acquiring A.P.Indy’s best son worldwide in 2008, in the form of the millionaire racehorse, A.P.Arrow, who carried the celebrated silks of Cigar’s owner, Allen Paulson, through several Graded Stakes victories and five Grade One performances.
The earner of close to $1,5million in his own right, A.P.Arrow is a brother to fellow millionaire and multiple Grade One winner, Geri, and one other Stakes winner. His dam is a daughter of Mr. Prospector, winningmost Broodmare sire in American history, and she’s a three-quarter sister to many times Champion South American stallion, Hussonet.
Speaking from Summerhill, Mick Goss said “we’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for several years. Knowing that Barry Irwin, for whom I have the highest regard, had valued him at several million dollars (and then some) a short while back, when A.P.Arrow came into range, it was a chance we had to take. It was only the current financial crunch in the U.S. that made him reachable, and while we still had to “mortgage the farm” to get him, we wouldn’t have fired so much as a shot for a horse of his class in normal times. We’re just so grateful to have him, and especially for the help of old friends in making it possible. Good people never fail you, especially when the chips are down”.
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