08/28/2016 1:02PM

Delacour undecided on racing A. P. Indian before B.C. Sprint

Ronnie Betor
A. P. Indian is 5 for 5 this year. Three of his victories have been at seven furlongs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A. P. Indian came out of his authoritative victory in the Grade 1 Forego on Saturday in good condition, according to trainer Arnaud Delacour, and was scheduled to van back to the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Monday.

The Forego was a Win and You're In race for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and A. P. Indian earned a guaranteed fees-paid berth in the $1.5 million race that will be held at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Delacour certainly would like to participate in that race, but on Sunday reiterated that he would go only if A. P. Indian maintained his current sharpness.

"It was a wonderful day," Delacour said of his experience at Saratoga. "But we are still in the same mindset as before the race. We will point to the Breeders' Cup and see how he is doing and decide if it makes sense for the horse."

A. P. Indian is 5 for 5 this year with three of his victories, including the Forego, coming at seven furlongs, which may be his optimal distance. The BC Sprint is six furlongs.

"He has the tactical speed to go six furlongs and enough stamina to go seven," Delacour said.

A. P. Indian won the Forego by 2 1/2 lengths as the 11-10 favorite. For all practical purposes the race was over in upper stretch when he opened up a sizable lead under jockey Joe Bravo. His final time of 1:20.99 was a stakes record.

A. P. Indian had won the Grade 1 Vanderbilt at Saratoga in his prior start. Saturday's win completed a sweep of the meet's major sprint stakes.

Delacour said he would monitor A. P. Indian before deciding whether he would race prior to the Breeders' Cup.

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"If he is doing well, we might try the Vosburgh, which is a very prestigious race in its own right," Delacour said. "If we feel he needs a little more time we might go straight to the Breeders' Cup."

A. P. Indian, a 6-year-old gelding bred and owned by the Green Lantern Stables of Richard Masson, is now 10 for 16 in his career with earnings of $1.1 million. Eight of those wins have come since Delacour took over his training at the beginning of 2015.

Delacour took out his trainer's license in 2013. Prior to that he and his wife, Leigh, who plays a major role in the stable, raced horses under her name.

Delacour has won seven graded stakes since 2013. The first five were Grade 3s. The last two have been the Vanderbilt and Forego.

Delacour's other stakes wins have come with Ageless, a filly and mare turf sprinter; Divining Rod, who won the Lexington at Keeneland last year and is ready to begin a comeback; and Dark Nile, winner of the Delaware Oaks in July.