A. P. Indian, inside, wins the Belmont Sprint Championship
Green Lantern Stables’ homebred A. P. Indian out-dueled Marking to the wire to capture his first graded stake by a head in the G3 Belmont Sprint Championship on Saturday. The 6-year-old son of Indian Charlie covered seven furlongs over Belmont’s fast main track in 1:21.41 for trainer Arnaud Delacour with jockey Joe Bravo aboard.
Private Zone, as expected, strode out to the early lead from the gate, though he was a bit difficult to control early on through a first quarter in :22.66. He was joined on the outside by Green Gratto with A. P. Indian in third along the inside rail. Green Gratto pressed the pace of Private Zone through a half-mile in :45.33, with Marking moving up to be third along the outside of A. P. Indian. Rounding the turn, Private Zone and Marking were neck and neck, with A. P. Indian awaiting room along the inside rail.
Private Zone, tiring a bit, drifted out entering the stretch, leaving a gaping hole for Bravo to point A. P. Indian through. Marking put away the challenge of Private Zone, but A. P. Indian had snuck through the inside and drifted toward him with a challenge toward the wire. A. P. Indian proved the stronger of the two, grinding away to a head’s victory over Marking. Ready for Rye was up for third, and Private Zone faded to fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by his owners, A. P. Indian is out of an A.P. Indy mare. He has compiled a career record of eight wins from 14 starts, with earnings of nearly $ 350,000.
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