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Legendary horse A.P. Indy dies at 31

Legendary horse A.P. Indy died Friday at Lane’s End farm near Versailles, Ky. He was 31.

A.P. Indy was the 1992 Horse of the Year after winning the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was the son of Seattle Slew and the grandson of Secretariat.

Bill Farish of Lane’s End told BloodHorse that A.P. Indy died peacefully and wasn’t struggling with an illness.

A.P. Indy had lived at Lane’s End since 1993, when he began a highly successful career as a stud. He was retired from stud in 2011.

“There’s no way to put into words what A.P. Indy has meant to my family and Lane’s End,” Farish said.

A.P. Indy won eight of his 11 career starts.

A.P. Indy’s 3-year-old season started well with victories in the San Rafael Stakes and Santa Anita Derby.

He was the second favorite in the Kentucky Derby odds but had to be scratched the morning of the race due to a bone bruise in a hoof. The injury also caused A.P. Indy to miss the Preakness Stakes.

A.P. Indy returned to race in the Peter Pan Stakes and cruised to a 5 1/2-length victory. He was entered into the Belmont and won the race in 2 minutes, 26 seconds, a time that remains tied for second in Belmont history, matching Easy Goer (1989) and trailing only the legendary Secretariat (2:24 in 1973).

Later in the year, A.P. Indy was as far back as eighth among the 14-horse Breeders’ Cup Classic field before recovering to win by two lengths over Pleasant Tap.

A.P. Indy was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2000.

–Field Level Media