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1992 Belmont Stakes – A.P. Indy



On New York’s biggest and best day of racing in 1992, speed prevailed over mud at Belmont Park yesterday as Strike the Gold made a melodramatic return to his home track in a starring role. But it was A.P. Indy who won the big one, rocketing down the stretch in a power performance to snatch the 124th running of the Belmont Stakes in the final strides and win for the seventh straight time.

The colt, a 3-year-old son of Seattle Slew and a grandson of Secretariat, won by three-quarters of a length over the British import My Memoirs, who in turn had a neck over Pine Bluff, the winner of the Preakness. But nobody had a bigger payday than Pine Bluff, who earned $91,776 for finishing third plus $1 million in bonus money for the best overall performances in the three American classics: fifth in the Kentucky Derby, first in the Preakness and third in the Belmont.

But this was the day when A.P. Indy made the scene, and he did it before an enthralled crowd of 50,204 fans. He was forced to skip both the Derby and the Preakness because of a bruised hoof, but he raced the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes in 2:26 flat, two seconds off the record set in 1973 by his illustrious grandfather. He matched the second-fastest time, set in 1989 by Easy Goer.



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  1. If A.P, Indy never had a hoof injury that kept him out of the first two legs of the triple crown, A.P, Indy would have won the triple crown, Great horse . The son of Seattle Slew was a great one like his daddy, it wasn,t meant to be but A.P, Indy was as good and better than some horses who have won the triple crown, he won The Belmont 2nd fastest in history, only Secretariat A.P. Indys great grandsire went faster . Great horse and stallion .

  2. Damn shame they don't do like Standardbred and quarter horse breeding and use semen to ship instead of covering mares.hell first down dash been dead for years but he has a crop of 2 yr old racing every year.

  3. He had his daddy's dauntless, grinding style, matched with his grandpa's stride and running body position, like American Pharoah. There is no question in my mind that he would have won the TC had he not had to scratch from the Derby. All those babies came by their talent honestly!

  4. Slew was such a success as a sire that no matter what the other breeding is I always feel/felt that they got it from Daddy. Seattle Slew is my favorite horse of all time and after 3 phenomenal seasons on the track to think he gave almost another 25 in the breeding shed. I believe he still only stands second to Native Dancer as a sire.

  5. A.P.Indy,a Belmont stakes winner,was sired by another Belmont winner (Seattle Slew) and grand sired by another belmont champ,Secretariat.A.P.Indy's daughter,Rags to Riches also won the Belmont Stakes in 2007.Rags to riches is the first filly to win the Belmont in 100 years and the 1st to win the belmont at a mile and a half. What a family of champions!

  6. As the son of Secretariat's daughter Weekend Surprise, gotta wonder if A.P. Indy inherited his granddaddy's large heart gene (which is passed through the mare)? Might explain his taking this Belmont in stride, but of course his dad was no slouch either. Whoa, what a pedigree! Tremendous competitor and a thrill to watch.

  7. Yes! He was so easy to spot in every race he ran because of that distinct stride of his. I could pick him out in any race even if I didn't know what post position he had and without listening to the call. It was easy because of his style. And what a legend he became as a sire. One of my favorite horses all time. It's sad to know his breeding days are over, but he made such an incredible mark to the world of thoroughbred racing.

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