01/13/2006 12:00AM

A. P Jet tops earnings list at $3.4 million

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A. P Jet, a 17-year-old son of Fappiano standing at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, was New York's leading sire of 2005, with progeny earnings of $3,430,722.

He will stand the 2006 season at Sugar Maple for a fee of $5,000, live foal.

A. P Jet's leading career earner is Travelator, at $646,322. Travelator is from A. P Jet's third crop, foals of 2000, and is one of A. P Jet's 10 stakes winners. Out of Rajadiddle, by Raja's Revenge, Travelator won the open West Long Branch Stakes and placed in three graded events last year: the Distaff Breeders' Cup, Gallant Bloom, and Floral Park handicaps.

A. P Jet's second-highest career earner is Jini's Jet, out of Lady Scotus, a stakes-winning daughter of former New York sire Duns Scotus. Jini's Jet has earnings of $427,380 and is a multiple stakes winner from A. P Jet's first crop, foals of 1998.

Lady Scotus is also the dam of Jini's Jet's younger full sister Daffodil Princess, who placed in the Massachusetts Oaks.

Karakorum Splendor is A. P Jet's third leading career earner, at $346,854. A foal of 2002, she won the $250,000 Statue of Liberty at Saratoga Race Course last summer. Karakorum Splendor is out of the Woodman mare Forest Garden, whose family includes Jerome Handicap winner Doneraile Court.

The 2002 crop also produced the talented Galloping Grocer, who won the Sleepy Hollow Stakes and placed in the Remsen and Gotham and thus far has career earnings $288,108.

Galloping Grocer is out of Northrop's daughter Little Evie, who placed in the Yaddo and Mount Vernon stakes for New York-breds.

Two other full siblings sired by A. P Jet are the brothers Joshua's Jet and John's Jet, out of Rebecca Lauren, by former state sire Dr. Blum. Both runners have career earnings of more than $100,000, a mark that has been surpassed by 33 horses sired by A. P Jet.

The average earnings per starter for A. P Jet is $46,849. He is represented by 250 starters, of which 166 are winners.

A. P Jet, out of Taminette, by In Reality, is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Tappiano, who captured the Spinaway, Demoiselle, and Matron as a juvenile.

Tappiano is a half-sister to Secrettame, the dam of major stakes winner and outstanding sire Gone West. Tappiano is also a half-sister to top runner and sire Known Fact and Tentam, a Grade 1 winner on turf and dirt.

With six crops at the races, A. P Jet has total progeny earnings of $11,712,128. He was one of two New York stallions with progeny earnings in excess of $3 million in 2005. The other stallion was Regal Classic, who will be profiled in a future column.

Two place in open stakes

Veteran sprinter Friendly Island and 3-year-old Platinum Couple both finished third in open stakes races last weekend.

Friendly Island was third in the Grade 3, $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap at six furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan and owned by Anstu Stable, Friendly Island increased his career earnings to $276,214.

By Crafty Friend, Friendly Island won the Hudson Handicap over fellow New York-breds in 2004 and 2005. His dam, the Ogygian mare Island Queen, is a winning daughter of English stakes winner and group-placed Regal Peace, who is a half-sister to Stalker, winner of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes in England.

Platinum Couple, coming off a victory in the Damon Runyon, finished third in the Count Fleet Stakes in his initial try in open company. Bred by Tri Star Stable and owned by Team Tristar Stable, he increased his career earnings to $90,211.

Platinum Couple is a son of Tale of the Cat out of Ingot's Dance Away, who is a daughter of Gate Dancer and a half-sister to Horse of the Year Skip Away. Ingot's Dance Away is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Dance Away Capote.