A. P. Indian wins the Vanderbilt
Green Lantern Stables’ homebred A. P. Indian captured his first Grade 1 race in Saturday’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga, out-finishing the talented Holy Boss to finish 1 1/4 lengths clear at the wire. The 6-year-old son of Indian Charlie covered six furlongs over the fast main track in 1:08.25 under Joe Bravo for Arnaud Delacour.
“I thought he fitted well with these horses,” said Delacour. “It was a little tricky, but knowing he’s in good form right now, we thought we had a shot. I had a lot of faith in the horse.”
Delta Bluesman sped out of the gate to take the early lead, with A. P. Indian tracking the pace about 1 1/2 lengths off the lead. Holy Boss kept him company along the outside, while Anchor Down stayed close along the rail to track Delta Bluesman through an opening quarter in :22.26. Entering the turn, Holy Boss gunned for the lead while three wide, forcing Joe Bravo to send A. P. Indian along with him as the pair overcame Delta Bluesman by about a neck nearing the head of the lane. Marking the half-mile in :44.63, Holy Boss held the lead by a short head near the top of the stretch.
As Holy Boss stretched for home, A. P. Indian kept on fighting from between horses, and Delta Bluesman stayed game until very late in the stretch as well. Bravo switched sticks late on A. P. Indian to give the gelding the extra boost he needed to clear his rivals, leaving Holy Boss in his wake by 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. Catalina Red got up late to finish third.
“He’s pretty nice isn’t he? He breaks great,” said Bravo. “When you have good horses like that they make you look good by hanging on. The [final time] is [asking] a lot to go over a course like this, but the most impressive part is that you got Holy Boss and another very fast horse on the inside, huge competition. Overcoming that is really cool.”
Bred in Kentucky, A. P. Indian is out of a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of A.P. Indy, who was in turn out of a Seeking the Gold mare. The Vanderbilt is A. P. Indian’s ninth lifetime win and his fourth consecutive win, as well as his first Grade 1 victory. The gelding now boasts earnings of over $ 737,000 from 15 lifetime starts.
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