(Photo : Greig Muir)
“A.P. Arrow - like the marquee stallions Bernardini, Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Congrats, he’s bred on the A.P. Indy/Mr. Prospector cross, which all his most effective sons carry.”
There’s a bit of déjà vu about the way A.P. Arrow’s stallion career is progressing, and the parallel careers at the same stage of Northern Guest and Kahal. For the record, less than three weeks ago, A.P. Arrow still had to register his first winner (though he did have a Black type-performing juvenile to his name) and we had a fairly big contingent of A.Ps in our draft for the Ready To Run, with numbers of them belonging to clients.
It’s one thing consoling yourself with the histories of two excellent sires like Northern Guest and Kahal, who were in much the same position as “A.P” at the same point in their careers, it’s another attempting to comfort your clients, who’ve shelled out whatever money it takes to get to the sale, are looking for a return, and to hell with déjà vu!
It’s a matter of fact though, that despite subsequently winning several Juvenile Sires’ Championships, more than a few people including some of his own shareholders, had given up on Northern Guest when his first crop were barely three, and the Kahal story was much the same. Come to think of it, I seem to remember the record-setting Silvano being a touch “tardy” in getting out of the starting blocks, too.
Two and a half weeks ago, A.P. registered his first winner with Flight Check, who skated away by 2¼ lengths the first time she was given a bit of space to run over. On Saturday, in the richest maiden mile in history, Gary Alexander’sFlight Warning wrote his own bit of history with the kind of grinding finish we envisaged from the A.P. Arrows when we bought him. We’ve always said good Classic stallions should get progeny that can maintain a strong gallop for every inch of the punishing 800 metres of the Turffontein straight, and that is exactly what this fellow did on Saturday, running relentlessly to the line in what looked like a competitive field. At the Vaal yesterday, Lightning Eye was also given a bit of ground, and she got home well enough by two in the first.
Three winners in rapid-fire time, and we’re beginning to see the metal that earned A.P. Arrow more than $1.5 million at the races. Like the marquee stallions Bernardini, Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Congrats, he’s bred on the A.P. Indy/Mr. Prospector cross, which all his most effective sons carry. You’ve heard it all before, but the A.P. Indys as a tribe get better with age, and they get better with distance. Hell man, they just get better.
Editor’s note: A.P. Arrow was bred and raced by the late Alan Paulson, founder of the company that manufactures Gulfstream jets. Paulson’s Brookside Farm bred many a great racehorse including the champions Arazi, Blushing John and Theatrical.