Two of the last three Derby winners, California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit, by Pulpit, by A.P. Indy) and Orb (Malibu Moon, by A.P. Indy), are by A.P. Indy-line stallions, and this year’s crop of contenders includes several others, including Mohaymen (Tapit, by Pulpit), Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini, by A.P. Indy), Shagaf (Bernardini), Economic Model (Flatter, by A.P. Indy), and Zulu (Bernardini), among others. Now add the G3 $500,000 Southwest Stakes winner Suddenbreakingnews to the list. He’s by the A.P. Indy stallion Mineshaft, also represented by the recent 3-year-old filly Weep No More, winner of the Listed $100,000 Suncoast Stakes and a possible Oaks contender with the fillies Polar River and Forever Darling, both by the A.P.Indy sire Congrats (brother to Flatter).
Now 27 and retired from stallion duties at Lane’s End Farm, A.P. Indy is pictured above cutting loose in his paddock in an iconic photo taken by Frances J. Karon recently, an image that went viral on social media because the classic-winning son of Seattle Slew’s popularity cuts through a wide swath of the industry and sport.
The post on A.P. Indy to which Frances referred in the tweet above can be read here.
Mineshaft, 17, a homebred for Farish and partners, also stands at Lane’s End, and like his sire — who also was bred by Farish and a partner — was also a Horse of the Year. Lane’s End is heavily invested in this sire line, standing A.P. Indy’s last champion, G1 winner Honor Code, a top miler; Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, a son of Tapit; Mr. Speaker, a G1 winner on turf at 10F by Pulpit; and Mineshaft’s sprinting son Discreetly Mine, winner of the G1 King’s Bishop at 7F.
Though Mineshaft (photos above and below by Frances J. Karon) was a multiple G1 winner at 10F, he expresses more 9F ability than stamina, but he gets fast horses like Discreetly Mine as well as longer horses like Effinex and Fly Down, too.
His son Suddenbreakingnews, bred by Branch LLC from the Afleet Alex mare Uchitel, won the Southwest in an eye-catching last-to-first performance that suggests the 10F of the Derby will not be an issue, and his family’s pedigree supports this. His unplaced dam, for one, is by a Belmont Stakes winner, and his second dam, Party Cited, is by dual Arc winner Alleged — a serious stamina influence — and won the 11F G3 Yerba Buena at Golden Gate on turf and was multiple G1-placed in Europe and California. Party Cited’s G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Composure is the dam of Penwith (by Bernardini), who won the G2 Royal Delta at Gulfstream two days before Suddenbreakingnews’s Southwest, giving the family two new Graded winners by A.P. Indy stallions. Click here to view the catalogue page of Suddenbreakingnews from the Keeneland September 14 yearling sale where the colt was purchased by owner Samuel Henderson for $72,000.
Recent Southwest Stakes winners haven’t been successful in the Derby so it may be premature to put too much stock in Suddenbreakingnews’s recent win, but his emergence is yet another reminder of the profound influence A.P. Indy exerts on the classics and their run-ups these days, because dirt and distance was his forte and is his legacy.