02/08/2008 1:00AM

A. P Jet traveled far to be N.Y. leader


When A. P Jet was pensioned from stallion duty recently, it marked the end of a career that had placed him among the state's perennial leaders.

A 19-year-old son of Fappiano, A. P Jet will remain at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.

A. P Jet was a stakes winner in Japan before a syndicate brought him to the United States.

"I liked his breeding, being from a Genter family," said John Nerud, the Hall of Fame trainer who bred and owned Fappiano and is a part owner of A. P Jet. "He had earned a million dollars racing in Japan, and I purchased him with the idea he was bred well enough to be a successful stallion."

A. P Jet was the leading sire of New York-bred winners in 2006 and has 72 percent winners from his starters.

He almost lost his life in 2006 after getting loose from his handler and subsequently getting into a fight with fellow stallion Gold Token. Gold Token broke through a fence when A. P Jet galloped over to his paddock and lost his life when he hit a tree. A. P Jet recovered from his injuries after surgery but never covered another mare.

A. P Jet's lifetime progeny earnings are $15.7 million through nine crops to race. His top earner is the multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Travelator, who won two editions of the Schenectady Handicap and the open Garland of Roses Handicap.

Travelator, who placed in the Gallant Bloom and Distaff handicaps, both Grade 2 events, earned $647,672. She is one of A. P Jet's 13 stakes winners, of which five were open stakes winners.

A. P Jet is also the sire of 13 stakes-placed runners, three of them graded stakes-placed. He will be represented by 37 juveniles and 13 yearlings in 2008.

Second among his earners is Jini's Jet at $427,380. Out of the Duns Scotus mare Lady Scotus, Jini's Jet was a multiple stakes winner at Suffolk Downs.

His full sister Daffodil Princess placed in the Massachusetts Oaks at Suffolk Downs.

One of A. P Jet's best runners was Galloping Grocer, who earned $330,768. Winner of the Sleepy Hollow Stakes, he battled Rockport Harbor in a memorable edition of the Remsen Stakes in 2004, losing by a neck at the end of 1 1/8 miles. Galloping Grocer also placed in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes.

A. P Jet is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Tappiano, from a classy family that includes Tentam, Gone West, and Known Fact.

Love Co wins stakes debut

New York-bred Love Co captured the open Glory in Motion Stakes last weekend at Aqueduct in her stakes debut.

Owned by Darlene Bilinski and Richard Fields, the daughter of Not for Love is trained by Gary Contessa. Duplicating her front-running maiden victory, Love Co drew off to win the Glory in Motion by nearly 13 lengths.

Bred by Prantlack Farm and David Lester, she is out of Cozzekiki, by Cozzene. The unraced Cozzekiki is a half-sister to Sugar Maple stallion Raffie's Majesty, who finished third in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes to Coronado's Quest and Victory Gallop.

Love Co has earned $77,484 with a record of 2-1-0 in 4 starts.

A colt for Fleet Indian in Kentucky

New York-bred Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian recently foaled a colt by Storm Cat at Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky.

Summer Wind, the breeder of the colt, purchased Fleet Indian privately from Paul Saylor after she failed to meet her reserve at the Keeneland breeding stock sale in November 2007. Bidding on her reached $3.9omillion.

Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned Fleet Indian on behalf of Saylor.

During Fleet Indian's championship season in 2006, she won the Personal Ensign and Beldame handicaps, both Grade 1 events, and earned $1,473,720.

She is out of the Afleet mare Hustleeta. Hustleeta is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Cherokee Wonder, who placed in both the Grade 3 Next Move and Grade 3 Carousel handicaps. This immediate family also includes Cherokee's Boy, winner of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park.