Stallion Feature - A.P. Answer

A.P. ANSWER (USA)
AP Indy - Pas De Reponse by Danzig

A.P. Answer by A.P. Indy

Exciting stallion A.P. Answer’s arrival at KwaZulu-Natal’s Clifton Stud is an interesting story considering the delete button on stud principal Peter Blyth’s keyboard almost prevented this eye-catching bay stallion by A.P. Indy from even arriving in the KZN Midlands.
— KZN Breeders

Peter Blythe - "We did a trip to the USA to see the Kentucky Derby and some stud farms in Lexington back in 1998. At Lane's End Stud, we saw A.P. Indy and I was blown over by him. He was absolutely beautiful. He was a $2,9 million yearling and a top racehorse. "At the time we stood Allied Flag (also bred at Lane's End) and from him we bred 'Horse Of The Year' Classic Flag, the record-breaking winner of the 1998 Durban July. Allied Flag was by Danzig and I have always been a huge fan of Danzig.

Coincidentally at the time, two of A.P. Indy's Group 1 winners were Run Up The Colors, a half-sister to our Allied Flag and Tomisue's Delight who won or placed in five Group 1 events in 1997. She was out of Prospector's Delight (by Mr Prospector) another half-sister to our Allied Flag. Now, importantly to note, subsequently they put Prospector's Delight to A.P. Indy and got the now very successful sire and four times Group 1 winner Mineshaft. I could not wait to get back to tell my fellow shareholders in Allied Flag, that we should buy an A.P. Indy as our Allied Flag daughters should go very well, by what was already proven in the USA.

At Claiborne Farm we saw both Danzig and Mr Prospector. They were both near their ends but to see and touch these two world famous horses was incredible and a moving experience. While there, we stood at Secretariat's grave. Secretariat had made such an impression on me when I was a youngster. We also stood at Bold Ruler and Buckpasser's grave – two world famous sires. We also saw Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys, where he stood - a champion (1977 Triple Crown winner) and sire of A.P. Indy - and he bowled me over. Then at Ashford Stud we saw Storm Bird. Storm Bird is a top sire, being the sire of Storm Cat, amongst others and his mother South Ocean is the fourth dam, along the bottom of A.P. Answer's female line.

I wasn't shopping for a stallion, having moved to KwaZulu-Natal, but agents were still emailing me prospective sires. I would just look and delete the emails after glancing at them. When A.P. Answer's pedigree landed on my computer, all of the horses I had seen in the States were in this pedigree. A.P. Indy, Danzig, Mr Prospector, Seattle Slew, Secretariat and Storm Bird's mother, Bold Ruler and Buckpasser. It was like an omen!!

By A.P. Indy out of a Danzig mare, I couldn't believe it. So instead of deleting it I just closed it. The next day I couldn't help having another look. I hadn't done any research but I could see this was a helluva good pedigree. Eventually I spoke to 'the boss' Jenny, and said 'I have a confession to make. I have a stallion pedigree on my email that I can't delete, do you want to have a look at it?' She said the only way to get it deleted was to get the price and the problem would be solved. But as it turned out, he was buyable. So the email was never deleted and that was how it all started. When I saw photos of the horse, I saw similarities to Allied Flag and I was even keener on him.

A.P. Answer stands just under 16.1, I think that he is a good looking horse, a racy looking horse with Danzig definitely coming through. Sadly he damaged his knee and couldn't produce it on the track as a result. People like the look of him and he has a good temperament. He has produced very nice foals - they are racy, scopey horses, and they are good looking. Most of the KwaZulu-Natal breeders bought shares in him and he has been well supported thanks to them all.

A.P. Answer won two races on turf over a mile in America, but his near fore knee plagued him. One of the partners that owned him, said that had the knee injury not happened, you would have heard a lot more about this horse. With his stunning pedigree, had he won Stakes races, there is no way that he would have been here.

A.P. Answer has an incredibly strong dam-line, with the essential Group 1 winners or placers under each of the dams going back four generations, that sires must have in their female lines. Pas de Reponse, his mother, was a Champion 2 Year-Old Filly with five wins in England and France, which include the Gr 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and 2nd in the Gr 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, then third in the Gr 1 Prix Morny. Her two brothers, Sunday Doubt and Saying are both Black Type winners too. The second dam Soundings, also produced Green Tune (by Green Dancer) who was himself a Champion 3 Year-Old Colt in France winning three Grade 1 races. As a sire he produced Grade 1 winners. Unfortunately he died prematurely at stud, breaking a leg in the paddock. He produced over 34 stakes winners prior to his death in 2011.

Under the third dam Ocean's Answer, amongst a number of Stakes' winners, is A.P. Warrior, sired by A.P. Indy. A.P. Indy onto this female line has already produced A.P. Warrior who is already proving as a sire, he is now siring winners. A.P. Warrior is the Stakes winner of the Gr 2 San Filipe Stakes, Gr 2 La Jolla Handicap and has placed in five Group races, including the Gr 1 Santa Anita Derby. He is standing in Florida and he is kicked off pretty well being the top sire of 2 Year-Olds in 2011, having over 14 winners including two stakes winning horses.

Under the fourth dam - the famous South Ocean, we have none other than Storm Bird, 13-time winning daughter of Northern Dancer called Northernette who went on to produce Grade 1 winners. More horses include Grade 1 producing sire Signal Tap another sire who won the Gr 1 Hollywood Turf Handicap, Storm Trooper. Storm Bird was Champion 2 Year-Old Colt in his day, with 4 of his 5 wins being Group races. He is also the sire of Champion Stallion and number 1 Sire-Of-Sires, Storm Cat, who commanded a stallion fee of $500,000 for a service prior to his retirement. He has left a world-wide legacy with the likes of Giant's Causeway."

Should you wish to contact Clifton Stud, please phone Peter 082 456 3489 or Jenny on 033 267 7407 or alternatively email blyth@cliftonstud.co.za.

A.P. ANSWER
Pedigree

A.P. Answer A.P. Indy Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning Boldnesian
Reason To Earn
My Charmer Poker
Fair Charmer
Weekend Surprise Secretariat Bold Ruler
Somethingroyal
Lassie Dear Buckpasser
Gay Missile
Pas de Reponse Danzig Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Pas de Nom Admiral's Voyage
Petitioner
Soundings Mr Prospector Raise A Native
Gold Digger
Ocean's Answer Northern Answer
South Ocean