05/14/2016 6:58PM

A. P. Indian needs help of stewards to repeat in Decathlon Stakes

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A. P. Indian (4) finishes second to Delta Bluesman, but is elevated to first by a disqualification to win the Decathlon Stakes for a second time.

A. P. Indian scored a repeat victory in the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes on opening day of the Monmouth Park meeting Saturday, but it was not nearly as pretty as a year ago when he went to the lead and won by 2 3/4 lengths.

On Saturday, A. P. Indian finished second, 1 1/4 lengths behind 9-5 favorite Delta Bluesman, but was placed first after jockey Paco Lopez, the rider of Seeking the Sherif, who finished last in the field of five, lodged a claim of foul against Delta Bluesman and A. P. Indian for interference on the backstretch of the six-furlong sprint.

After reviewing the incident, the stewards disqualified Delta Bluesman and placed him last, elevating A. P. Indian to first.

Delta Bluesman made the lead in the Decathlon under jockey Jonathan Gonzales but drifted inward, forcing A. P. Indian into Seeking the Sherif. A. P. Indian was steadied and Seeking the Sherif checked and quickly dropped from contention.

Delta Bluesman, trained by Jorge Navarro, made a clear lead soon after the incident, then held A. P. Indian at bay in the stretch.

A. P. Indian, after being steadied the first time, steadied again while racing in tight quarters along the inner rail on the far turn, with Fabulous Kid to his outside. A. P. Indian, ridden by Daniel Centeno, got to the outside of Delta Bluesman in upper stretch but could only moderately close the gap between them while clear second-best.

"I do think I lost my chance on the backside," Centeno said. "The 7 [Delta Bluesman] came over on me and I lost position."

Any Court Inastorm rallied from last position early to finish third, 3 1/4 lengths behind A. P. Indian and 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Fabulous Kid, who weakened to finish fourth.

A. P. Indian, trained by Arnaud Delacour and owned by the Green Lantern Stables, paid $7 to win. Delta Bluesman set fractions of 21.85 seconds, 44.26, and 58.57, and completed the course in 1:09.45.

A. P. Indian, a 6-year-old gelding by Indian Charlie, is now 6 for 12 in his career and has earnings of $247,434. He was making his first start since last October at Keeneland.

"I thought that he could run his best race right away," Delacour said. "With his running style, he likes to be right there on the lead and challenge. Today he was taken out of that and it messed him up a little bit, but he certainly ran great."

Attendance at Monmouth on Saturday was 11,416, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year’s opening-day crowd, according to track officials.


Ronald Friedman More than 1 year ago
like to see the juice man dqd
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
I was SO upset to see him claim that horse. He took Slim Shadey back last out, too. Aaargh.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Paco wins an OBJ... Nuff said.
Manuel Perry More than 1 year ago
There no way they take him down all the way to last because what Paco said , that horse won easy . Paco had big trouble down Gulfstream . Steward down Monmouth no good . i stop 8 years ago going to Monmouth and i was going almost every day when i live in Matawan.  i know what go on down there.
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago

By the way Dunleavey, you're a columnist. What was your take of the incident?  Come on man!!  It's what I like about Watchmaker, calls it like he sees it.

Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
Agreed, the stewards bailed Paco out today. He had no business running up in there. Navarro's horse was cle'ar of Centeno as he drifted in.  Look at the 5th at SA today, that is how you judge objections. Use your discretionary powers when it's necessary. If this is how they are going to judge race riding, Monmouth riders should call something at the drop of the hat, even if it's frivolous. Make the idiots work if that's how they're going to use their judgement.  
genewashington1 More than 1 year ago
This is why you should never play Monmouth.. The DQ was absurd.. The 2 never ran at all and Bluesman was clear on the pan shot.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
All one has to do is see who swoops in and wins a premier race every year to know what time of day it is.