06/24/2015 2:03PM

A.P. Indian on the rise


Trainer Arnaud Delacour has transformed A.P. INDIAN into a promising sprinter to follow this summer.

Last Saturday, A.P. Indian earned his third consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure with a solid score in the $100,000 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Parx. Since returning from a year-plus layoff and switching to the Delacour barn, A.P. Indian has won three of four starts with the lone loss coming by a dirty nose at Keeneland on April 8.

In the LeVine Memorial, A.P. Indian, the even-money favorite in the field of seven, broke sweetly under jockey Daniel Centeno. They battled with three other pace rivals for early supremacy through an opening quarter in 22.89. A.P. Indian and STALLWALKIN' DUDE, the recent runner-up in the Grade 2 True North Stakes at Belmont, separated themselves from their rivals following a half-mile in 45.42. A.P. Indian, on the outside of Stallwalkin' Dude, took command for good at the three-sixteenths pole and went on to complete the seven furlongs in 1:23.40, a time good enough for a 104 Beyer Speed Figure.

A 5-year-old homebred campaigned by Green Lantern Stables, A.P. Indian was foaled in Kentucky on May 6, 2010. His sire, the late Indian Charlie, won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby before finishing third in the Run for the Roses. Among Indian Charlie's best progeny are champions Indian Blessing, Fleet Indian and Uncle Mo.

A.P. Indian's dam, Ender's Sister (by A.P. Indy), won three stakes-races at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. She also placed in five graded events and received a 108 Beyer Speed Figure when taking a muddy allowance race by 19 lengths traveling 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt at Keeneland.

Ender's Sister is also the dam of TIZ SHEA D, a Tiznow colt that finished second in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes earlier this year. Ender's Sister is also a full sister to stakes-winning miler Ender's Shadow. A.P. Indian's third dam, Fit for a Queen, prevailed in five graded stakes races.

A.P. Indian has always shown ability, but his career has been interrupted by nagging injuries. He won his debut by six lengths for trainer Tony Dutrow at Delaware on October 8, 2012, but then went to the sidelines for almost 11 months.

He returned under Rusty Arnold's care and reeled off a solid record of 4-1-3-0 while campaigning in middle-distance events at Churchill Downs at Oaklawn. On November 28, 2013, A.P. Indian finished 5 1/2 lengths clear of the good miler Bradester when second in an 'n2x' optional claimer.

Away from January 20, 2014 to February 27, 2015, A.P. Indian came back under the Delacour banner as a new gelding. He immediately won an 'n2x' optional claimer at Tampa Bay in a time that was .38 seconds off the track record for 6 1/2 furlongs. Stretched out around two turns at Keeneland, A.P. Indian was just outfinished by stakes-winner Transparent.

Heartened by the effort, Delacour entered A.P. Indian in his first stakes event, the $85,000 Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth on May 9. Aided by a speed-favoring track, A.P. Indian outsprinted the swift Favorite Tale to the front and never looked back. The third-place finisher in that race, Saucy Don, has come back to win two stakes races in New Jersey.

"He’s very versatile," Delacour told Monmouth track publicity following the Decathlon.  "He can run long or short.  I knew he had that kind of speed but the beauty about him is he can rate.  But his speed is his best weapon so we wanted to use it."

It's time for A.P. Indian to step up in class. Perhaps we'll see him in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt going six furlongs at Saratoga on August 1. 


Here are the WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 6/16/15 - 6/22/15:

1. LIAM'S MAP - 106 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 Mile - 19Jun15-6BEL
2. A. P. INDIAN - 104 - Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap - 7 Furlongs - 20Jun15-8PRX
3. PRICELESSCOMMODITY - 103 - Dark Star Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 21Jun15-9CBY
4. DOC ALMON - 99 - OC 55k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs - 22Jun15-8DEL
5. SO YOU SAY - 98 - Alw 77000N1X - 6 Furlongs - 17Jun15-5BEL
5. TOWER OF TEXAS - 98 - King Edward Stakes (G2-C) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 21Jun15-8WO
7. CLASSIC SALSA - 97 - Clm 40000 - 6 Furlongs - 18Jun15-3BEL
7. GRASSHOPPIN - 97 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 16Jun15-8PRX
7. STREET STRATEGY - 97 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 20Jun15-8CD
10. CATRON - 96 - OC 80k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - 18Jun15-8BEL
11. DAME DOROTHY - 95 - Bed O'Roses Handicap (G3) - 7 Furlongs - 20Jun15-8BEL
11. DONWORTH - 95 - Stanton Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 20Jun15-6DEL
11. GOMBEY DANCER - 95 - OC 30k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 21Jun15-9MTH
11. HELOOKSTHEPART - 95 - OC 25k/N3X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 17Jun15-7TDN
11. MR. JORDAN - 95 - Pegasus Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 21Jun15-11MTH
16. BLUES BLASTER - 94 - Oak Tree Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - 20Jun15-8OTP
16. GLENARD (GB) - 94 - OC 55k/C -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 17Jun15-7DEL
18. SOUL DRIVER - 93 - Singletary Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 20Jun15-7SA
18. MR. Z - 93 - Ohio Derby - 1 1/16 Miles - 20Jun15-8TDN
20. CHARMING KITTEN - 92 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 20Jun15-3BEL
20. DA BIG HOSS - 92 - Clm c-50000 - 1 Mile (Turf) - 21Jun15-6CD
20. GENTLE AS A BREEZE - 92 - Clm 10000 - 1 Mile - 20Jun15-9CBY
20. QUICK DAGGER - 92 - OC 25k/C -N - 5 Furlongs - 19Jun15-2LAD
24. GOLDEN MOON - 91 - Alw 25000s - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 22Jun15-8PRX
24. REGALLY READY - 91 - Alw 38000C - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 19Jun15-7IND
24. SATAN'S MISTRESS - 91 - OC 55k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - 20Jun15-7DEL
24. SPARK KIT - 91 - Clm 25000N2L - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - 20Jun15-7AP
24. STELLAR WIND - 91 - Summertime Oaks (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - 20Jun15-8SA

*LIAM'S MAP's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of the blog post.

*SIETE DE OROS, second in the GRASSHOPPIN race, was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Blane Servis from Ramon Preciado.

*DA BIG HOSS was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Michael Maker from Wayne Catalano.


Dan Illman
With this HG named after Obeah.......maybe you can post the pp's of her daughter.....the great Go For Wand.
Thanks, Norm

Go For Wand was one of my all-time favorites. You can find her lifetime past performances at the bottom of this blog post.


A question Dan
1st race, SA, Sunday, 6-21
Jade With Envy, two races back on May 7th has a Clm v-(25-22.5)
What is the "v" ?
All others who raced in the race have a normal "c" .
The "v" and "c" are right next to each other on the keyboard, but just a typo?
I would think the computer program would automatically fill in most of the common columns.

(Waving hand in the air), I know. I know.
The v means the claim was VOIDED. Not a good thing. Means he was not in good health. It's a new thing they've started in California. I don't quite understand it. The claiming game has always been, "Let the buyer beware". And, if something happened during the race, the horse was still yours no matter what, if you claimed him. Seems to change the whole complexion of the claiming game. It's good for the buyers, but sellers are going to have a hard time culling their stables.


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Congrats to Paul G. for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.

Rick M's official scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

Let's go with Saturday's Mother Goose at Belmont for this week's exercise.


SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to streamline all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...

With so many new people attending Dan's Formblog we thought it would be a good time to update the Handigambling Guidelines and Rules as we go forward in 2014.

Let's remember WHY we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses and why we're betting them the way we are. We are not asking for a novel but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.


Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE POST.  Remember that posts may start as 'anonymous' or an 'alternate name'. You MUST sign yourself at the end (even if it is the same) This enables the scorekeeper to recognize you .

- (1) ONE ENTRY per person for the Handigambling contest. If you have multiple email addresses, use just ONE for contest purposes.  Multiple entries will be cause for disqualification.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.

-In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. Dan reserves the right to approve or deny any entries.

- The winner will receive a "60-Card Quarterly Formulator Past Performance Plan"

As an example :

HG 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
I think trainer Groucho with the #6 Mo has the best stats in this condition, route to sprint.. just a gut feeling at large odds ML 20-1

HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
total $100

Thanks Dan!




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