03/25/2013 4:36PM

Fasig-Tipton Florida sale: A. P. Indy’s influence reigns supreme


On the day a juvenile from his final crop sold for seven figures, the influence of the great A.P. Indy continued to be apparent at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training.

Of the sale's top 10 highest-priced horses, nine were sired by A.P. Indy, one of his sons, or a grandson. That included the sale topper, a Bernardini colt who went for $1.6 million to Robert LaPenta.

The colt, the first foal out of the winning Forestry mare Hishi Aspen, was consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent.

Hishi Aspen's third dam is the Grade 1 winner and blue hen Fall Aspen. Her 12 winners include classic winner and champion Timber Country; Grade/Group 1 winners Fort Wood and Hamas; and Grade/Group 2 winners Northern Aspen, Colorado Dancer, Bianconi, and Elle Seule. It is the family of champion Dubai Millennium.

A.P. Indy, who was pensioned in 2011 at Lane's End Farm, earlier in the day had a 2-year-old filly from his final crop sell for $1.1 million going to Dimitrios Katsaros’ Green Hills Farm.

The filly, the only A.P. Indy juvenile in the sale, is the first foal out of the Grade 3-placed multiple stakes-winning Mr. Greeley mare Foxy Danseur. Her most successful family members include Grade 1 winner Personal Business, Grade 2 winner Any Limit and Grade 3 winner In Conference.

Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, the filly was consigned at the Florida sale by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent. She was a $300,000 purchase at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, and is the first foal to sell out of her dam, Foxy Danseur.

The filly impressed during the pre-sale under-tack show, tying the fastest time for a one-furlong breeze in 10 seconds flat.

Katsaros, based in New York and Delaware, will add another notable daughter of A.P. Indy to his stable, joining multiple Grade 1 winner Love and Pride, winner of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap and Zenyatta Stakes last year as well as the Grade 3 Obeah Stakes.

In addition to Bernardini, A.P. Indy's sons Malibu Moon and Pulpit also helped the influential stallion dominate the top of the sales results.

Bernardini, who stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Ky., was represented by two other high-figure horses in addition to the sale topper. A colt by the prominent young sire, out of Heart of Grace, brought the hammer down at $950,000, with Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne signing the ticket. A colt out of A Precious Memory went for $650,000 to Three Chimneys Sales and Solis Bloodstock.

Stonestreet Stables purchased a pair of 2-year-olds by Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon, going to $625,000 for a filly out of Miz United States and $550,000 for a colt out of Right Place.

The late Claiborne Farm stallion Pulpit, was represented by a colt out of Spritely, who sold for $560,000 to Maverick Racing. Pulpit's son Tapit, a popular young commercial sire who stands at Graham Beck’s Gainesway, was represented by the colt Turn On the Tap, out of Winter Garden, who sold for $625,000 to Coolmore; and a $575,000 filly out of Nomistakeaboutit purchased by Lael Stable.