05/05/2006 12:00AM

Injured A. P Jet has 'turned a corner'


LEXINGTON, Ky. - A. P Jet, New York's second-ranked sire, is improving after sustaining injuries in an accident at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., on April 30, according to farm officials.

The accident occurred when A. P Jet became fractious and got away from his handler while being led to his paddock that morning. He ran to the paddock of another stallion, eighth-ranked Gold Token, who broke through his fence and fought with A. P Jet. The pair galloped off, and Gold Token was killed when he hit a tree.

A. P Jet has been at an undisclosed veterinary hospital in New York since the accident. Sugar Maple decided not to name the clinic, farm manager Dan Hayden said, "because we didn't want them to be bugged with a lot of phone calls." The farm also has not publicly discussed the nature of the A. P Jet's injuries.

Sugar Maple did issue a statement to the New York breeding and racing website www.nybreds.com, thanking fans and members of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding of community who have expressed support for A. P Jet and the farm.

"A. P Jet seems to have turned a corner and is showing significant signs of improvement," the statement said. "He remains at the clinic and has a ways to go yet, but we are finally able to hope for a full recovery."

Hayden said the sire is "off the critical list" but not entirely out of danger.

"We're hoping no secondary problems arise," he said.

Horses who have sustained serious injuries or undergone severe physical trauma often are prone to secondary problems such as founder or colic.

"They'll be going over him with a fine-toothed comb," Hayden said.

Sprint champ Lucayan Prince dies

California sire and European sprint champion Lucayan Prince has died of a ruptured aorta at age 13. A Fast Play stallion, Lucayan Prince died in his paddock at Rancho San Roberto in Bakersfield, Calif., which was standing him for the first time this season. Lucayan Prince had a 2006 fee of $3,500.

"He was doing perfectly, nothing was wrong," said Robert Spasiano, one of the farm's owners. Spasiano said Lucayan Prince collapsed and died at about 6 p.m. on May 4.

"It was over in a matter of seconds," he said.

Lucayan Prince's owner was Mark Coskgrove, who purchased him last July. Lucayan Prince had been standing at Old English Rancho.

Spasiano said Lucayan Prince covered six mares this season.

Lucayan Prince was a son of the Saratoga Six mare Now That's Funny, making him a half-brother to Silver Comic, Comic Strip, and Akiba. A champion at 3 in England and highweight on the European Free Handicap that season, Lucayan Prince won the Group 3 Jersey Stakes and ran second in the Group 1 July Cup and Group 2 Diadem Stakes in 1996.

Lucayan Prince also was a champion older male in Ireland in 1997.

In the United States, he never won a stakes but finished second in the 1997 Cigar Mile, a Grade 1 contest. He also placed in three other stakes. He retired with a record of 38-6-8-8 and $400,457 in earnings.

From four crops to race, Lucayan Prince has sired one stakes-winner, the filly Beezer. He was buried at Rancho San Roberto.

Humane center names board

Some prominent names in the Thoroughbred business are lending their support to a new equine rescue endeavor, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. The center says its mission is "to provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all of Kentucky's unwanted horses, regardless of breed."

The humane center's board members include Kim Zito, Carol Farmer, Staci Hancock, Judy McCarron, Meg Jewett, Joan Ciampi, Lori Neagle, Sally Spielvogel, and equine veterinarians Dr. Tom Daugherty and Dr. Stuart Brown.

The humane center will be modeled on local humane societies that take in and adopt out dogs and cats around the country, the center's founders say. The group plans to lease 50 to 60 acres in central Kentucky and shelter the state's equines, including donkeys and mules, with a negative Coggins report. There will be no fee for donating a horse to the program, though the humane center does ask for financial donations.

Neagle, a co-founder of the ReRun racehorse retraining and adoption program, pointed out that the new facility will offer a chance for struggling owners to find a safe place for animals they can no longer care for.

"When the KEHC opens its doors, no Kentucky resident will be able to say he sent a horse to slaughter because he had no other choice," she said.

* A $2.2 million Storm Cat colt out of Brushed Halory that trainer Dale Romans bought at the Feb. 28 Fasig-Tipton Calder select 2-year-old sale now belongs to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley organization, Romans told The Blood-Horse.

* Prenuptial Plans, a Runaway Groom half-sister to Showing Up, was bred to Vindication on May 3. Prenuptial Plans is owned by Barbara Corey, a waitress in Pasadena, Calif., who received the mare as a gift in 2005.