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Northern Indy was purchased at the 2010 OBS March Select Sale of 2 Year Olds in Ocala Florida. Northern Indy has far and away the best pedigree of any of our colts as a son of famed sire A.P. Indy, so much so that we debated even getting involved with the bidding. As it turned out we were able to get this colt not far above our self imposed “limit”. A.P. Indy’s are typically a little slower to get to the track given they are typically large colts as is our Indy. Northern Indy rested down from the sale at Paradise Road Ranch in Tracy, California and came to O.J.’s barn in a early May. Northern Indy breezed at the under tack sale in Ocala in 10 4/5ths seconds for an 1/8th of a mile and moved very well. O.J. will let Indy dictate the pace of his early training and we are definitely not going to hurry this colt. In this game one has to dream big and this colt offers us the best opportunity to dream. Everyone should keep the first Saturday in May open next year …… If were not at the Derby we’ll be at the Brain Tumor Walk in San Francisco!

A.P. Indy was horse of the year in 1992 winning the Belmont Stakes, the Breeders Cup Classic and the Santa Anita Derby that year. This 21 year-old son of Seattle Slew is even better known as a Sire. A.P. Indy has produced 124 Stakes winners with progeny earnings of over $105 million.
 

 

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Race Statistics

Race Distance Date Track Finish Chart Earnings
Handicap 1 5/8 Miles 08/26/12 Ferndale 4th Chart $1,850
Stakes 1 3/8 Miles 06/08/12 Hollywood 5th Chart $1,433
Handicap 1 7/8 Miles 05/06/12 Turf Paradise 1st Chart $20,832
Allowance 1 Mile 04/08/12 GGF 8th Chart $260
Allowance 1 Mile 02/25/12 GGF 7th Chart $260
Allowance 1 1/16 Mile 02/04/12 GGF 5th Chart $650
Stakes 1 1/8 Mile 09/11/11 Hastings 6th Chart. 0
Stakes 1 3/8 Mile 08/20/11 Northlands 2nd Chart. $60,642
Stakes 1 1/16 Mile 07/17/11 Emerald Down 3rd Chart. $7,500
Stakes 1 1/16 Mile 06/11/11 Hollywood Park 6th Chart 0
Allowance 1 Mile 05/12/11 Golden Gate 1st Chart $18,600
Allowance 6 Furlongs 04/23/11 Golden Gate 5th Chart $650
Handicap 1 Mile 03/19/11 Turf Paradise 5th Chart $1,000
Allowance 1 1/16th 02/10/11 Golden Gate 5th Chart $680
Stakes 1 1/16th 01/15/11 Golden Gate 7th Chart $0
Stakes 7 Furlongs 11/20/10 Hollywood Park 6th Chart $0
MSW 1 Mile 10/28/10 Golden Gate 1st Chart $16,800
MSW 1 Mile 10/11/10 Hollywood Park 4th   $2,280

 

 




News

Nov 26
The first crop of Northern Indy progeny has begun prepping for the racetrack in the spring. Seven foals from the initial 2014 test crop look to have been stamped by their very powerful and attractive sire. To say we are looking forward to watching the first group at the races is an understatement. Highland Yard has acquired two additional mares to breed to Northern Indy this spring, a Bertando mare and an In Excess mare both of which nick well with Northern Indy. Below is a photo of the Northern Indy yearling "Joan of Arlington" currently being trained in Kentucky. This filly certainly looks the part.

March 3
Congratulations to Northern Indy. The big stakes winning son of A.P. Indy sired his first foal last night. Storming Slew gave birth to a healthy good looking filly. Brothers and sisters will be coming at a good pace over the next few months from the nine mares he covered last spring.

Feb 7
Northern Indy "covered" his first mare yesterday and all went smoothly according to Doreen at the farm. He was a little tenuous at the beginning and not sure "if he was allowed to do this" but in the end the mare "Stormy Slew" and Northern Indy got the job done. A toast tonight to a long and fruitful stallion career for N.I.

Feb 4
The book for Northern Indy is growing. Eight mares have been booked or agreed to come to Norhern Indy so far. This is very early in the process and many breeding decisions will be made over the next two months. Northern Indy looks great and has taken to the larger stallion enclosure at Paradise Road Ranch with aplomb. We have been pleased with the quality of mares booked to date many of whom won at the race track and "Nick" very well with Northern Indy. We antiicpate a book of 20 or more mares to Northern Indy when all is said and done.

Jan 28
We have generated good interest in Norhern Indy as a sire and have close to 10 contracts signed or under discussion. He looks great and will be ready for his new career in a few weeks time. A "True Nicks" button has been added to the website to allow mare owners to find a historical "nick" rating for there mares is mated to Northern Indy.

Jan 17
We are off to the Barretts January Sale to market the services of our new stallion Northern Indy. The sale includes approximately 300 mares all of whom will be in the market for a sire in the spring. We will be talking to mare buyers to let them know of the potential to breed to the only son of Northern Indy standing in California. "Nicking" statistics show Norhtern Indy matches extremely well with many broodmare sires prevalent in California including Betrando, Storm Cat, Deputy Minister, Quiet American. Red Randsom, Louis Quatorze, Mr. Prospector and ohers. Hopefully we can book a number of "Dates" for Indy this spring.

Dec 5
Northern Indy is in great shape and aquacizing a few times a week as he preps for his sire career. We will be running ads in the major breeding and thoroughbred racing magazines over the next 3 months to gain interest for Northern Indy. There is a number of stallions in California retiring or moving out of state this year includuing Giacamo, Aragorn and the only other son of A.P. indy we know to be standing in California Olmavor. This should be good news to get Indy off on the right foot. We have already had our first enquiry's and expect to start booking mares soon.

Nov 16

A racing career ends and a stallion career begins for Northern Indy. We have made a business decision and decided to stand Indy as a stallion at Paradise Road Ranch in Lathrop, California. Al though Indy could have come back to the racetrack it was unclear wether he would be able to improve upon his recent form given a slight tendon issue. His excellent pedigree and good race record makes him an ideal stallion candidate in California. The market for Yearlings has started to climb significantly higher as evidenced by the average prices at Barretts up 36% this year and the median up 85%. This upturn in the market combined with the pension, departure or death of a number of California Stallions including Bertrando and Giacomo make in an opportune time to begin a stallion.

Northern Indy provided our biggest thrill as owners when placing second in the $300,000 Grade 3 Canadian Derby with fifteen family members and numerous friends in attendance in August of 2011. Winning the Hasta la Vista Handicap and placing in the Seattle Slew Handicap were other career highlights.

Indy is settling in well at Paradise and is "swimming" in the acquaciser which he loves. This will keep him in great shape for his career ahead. He has excellent conformation and we want him to keep his athletic body tone. We anticipate Indy may cover 10 to 15 mares this year to beginhis career. We will likely bring Wee Highland Lass back to California from Kentucky in foal to Successful Appeal to breedback to Indy next year. The two families provide an "A" nick which is very positive. Given the 11 month gestation period for a horse, the first foals should be born in the early spring of 2014 and the first runners in the summer of 2015. It takes awhile to make a racehorse!

For a link to the CTBA Press Release click here.

For a link to the upcoming advertisement click here.

Aug 26

Another unsettled, rank trip for Northern Indy. Jockey Garcia, like many jocks berore him, was unable to settle Indy in the 1 5/8ths mile Humboldt Marathon at Ferndale today. The high handicap weight of 127 pounds did not help him either. We have decided to move Indy to Miguel Silva at Turf Paradise for the winter meet and see if the change of scenery and track surface that worked for him last fall will work again. Indy picked up a scant $1,850 for his 4th place finish. A chart of the race can be found above.

Aug 24

Northern Indy was installed as the 8/5 slight favorite in Sunday's Humblodt County Marathon over 1 and 5/8ths miles at Ferndale.

Indy was assigned high weight of 127 lbs which is a difficult task over the marathon distance. Indy has done well at long distances in the past and hope Jockey Garcia can get him to relax and have lots of horse left for the last 1/2 mile. A daily racing form article on the race can be found here. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 10

Northern Indy was outclassed in the Prove it Stakes faltering badly over he last half mile and finishing a fading 5th. We learned more about the type of horse we have and will adjust our expectations accordingly. This athletic looking son of A.P. Indy doesn't have the ability to compete at this level. That is not to say we won't be able to find spots for him to be an earner. We are pointing to a marathon race for him at Ferndale at the end of August. Indy will get a few weeks off at Paradise Road Ranch before training up to the race. A chart of the race can be found above.

June 04

Northern Indy drew post position 2 of a small field of 5 for Friday nights Prove It Stakes at Hollywood Park. Despite the small field this is a significant step up in class for Indy as he will face four tough rivals including multiple Grade 1 Stake winner of over $1,700,000 Richard's Kid.

We may be a bit crazy to try this spot but like the way Indy moved while winning the marathon Hasta La Vista Handicap. Although not as long as that race this race will be contested over the long distance of 1 3/8ths miles at Hollywood Park. if you are looking for a long-shot angle we are only one of two in the race that has won at race at this distance or longer. Up and coming jockey Agopita Delgadillo gets the mount. Past performances for the Prove It can be found here.

 

May 07

Northern Indy striked a claim as a marathon man having won America's longest horse race the 1 mile and 7/8ths Hasta La Vista Handicap on the Turf Paradise turf course. Indy broke alertly under the expert ride of Jockey Geovanni Franco. Franco placed Indy on the ourtside shoulder of Keen Bidder as the two seperated from the rest of the field by up to 12 lengths through the first mile and a quarter. Northern Indy rated beautifully, something he has had a hard time doing in his career. As they headed around the stretch Franco had Indy change leads, cracked the whip a couple of times and he lunged past his foe to win ther marathon by two lengths. Trainer Jauregui had Indy in great condition to ship down to Silva in Phoenix, Silva in turn did a great job having him ready on race day. This marks the first trophy for Highland Yard and was a thrilling day for the dinner party assembled watching the race on television back in Northern California. A chart of the race is found above. A video replay can be found here.

If Indy comes out of the race well, as expected, we will target some distance route races with an ultimate eye to the Grade 3 Cougar Handicap at Delmar in July.

May 02
We thought we should do something dramatic with Northern Indy given his poor performance this year and we did. We shipped Indy off to Turf Paradise to run in the Hasta La vista Handicap this Sunday. This race is a true marathon at 1 7/8ths miles. The hope is that Indy will be well suited for this incredibly long distance. We do know that in his longest race to date the 1 3/8th mile Grade 3 Canadian Derby Indy charged from well off the pace to pick up the second place cheque. No shippers came in for this race and the $35,000 Purse would make for a nice score should indy pull it off. There are a good number in the field of 9 with marathon experience. Hopefully Indy can relax and his pedigree will carry him through in the late going. Leading Turf Pardise Jockey Giovanni Franco gets the mount an Indy will break from post position 3. Past performances for he race can be found here.

Apr 08
Northern Indy led the way for the first half mile despite fighting the jockey every step of the way. Under instructions to get him to relax jockey Martinez tugged on Indy's reins and fought him through the back stretch. The amount of energy expended left little doubt Indy would have nothing left for the stretch and that proved to be the case. Suffice it to say we will change jockeys at the very least next time out. Today was not a measure of Indy's ability in any way given the horrible trip he was given. Frustrating to say the least as Indy looked full of energy and the lead. Lots of ruminating here and big changes are liikely for the way Indy is trained and raced. Oddly, after yesterdays outing we think he is enough horse to try and win in a differnt manner. We are not giving up. A chart of the race can be found above.

Apr 04
Northern Indy has drawn post position 6 of 9 for Saturday's feature Allowance Race at Golden Gate Fields. Indy has failed at this level in recent tries and has not trained significantly better over the last number of weeks. We hope he improves back to his form of last summer, if not we will have to think of dropping him to the claiming ranks and/or gelding him in the hope his mind will return to training. Given his pedigree we will not make the gelding decision lightly. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 26
Northern Indy broke well and competed in the front part of the pack for 1/2 mile and then stopped badly to finish 7th of 8 in the Allowance field at GGF yesterday. Indy galluped out well and came back to the barn not even breathing heavy. He is to smart for his own good and is in OJ's words "cheating on us". We will search for a hard riding jockey who will hopefully get more out of this beautiful well bred colt. Failing that we might think about gelding Indy to keep his mind on his business at the track. This would be a hard decision given the A.P. Indy breeding of our colt. We may also consider dropping him to the high claiming ranks as he doesn't, at least now, appeat to be able to compete at the Allowance level. We need to find a wat to get Indy back to his Graded Stakes placed form of last summer. A chart of the race can be found above.

Feb 22
Northern Indy entered as one of eight for Saturday's One Mile Alowance at GGF. He will be one of the longshots given the strength of the field and his lack of finishing kick last time out. This field is stronger than the last and Indy will have to show improvement to compete with these. It is his second back off the lay-off which is an oft used handicapping angle; we hope it works here. Kerwin John is again on Indy. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 07
Northern Indy finished a dissapointing 5th in his return race after a 5 month layoff. In retrospect it is not suprising he needed a race after such a layoff as he tired at the end after challenging the pace for the first 6 furlongs. He should get a lot out of this race and be ready to fire next time out. At the very least he will be out of excuses. Indy came back tire but fine after the race. We will point him for a similar race in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be found above.

Feb 02
Northern Indy drew post position 5 of 5 for Saturday's 1 1/16th mile allowance at GGF. We are anticipating a strong return for Indy who has been training reasonbly well and looks refreshed following his lay-off at Paradise Road Ranch. He is likely to need a race after his break but should be competitive. He will need to stay closer to the pace than in his recent starts that were going longer distances. If he can stay close early we are hopeful of an in the money finish. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 01

Northern Indy looks great at the track and breezed a solid 5 furlongs in 1:02 1/5th which was 11th of 27 at the distance. He galluped out very strong and is becoming more fit by the week. A couple more breezes and we will look for a spot to begin what should be a strong four year-old campaign.

Nov 16

The big boy is back from vacation at the farm and arrived in O.J.'s barn yesterday. He will go back into training and should be back at the races near the end of the year. All told he will have been approximately three months between races which hopefully will be the refresher he needs for a strong 2012 campaign.

Oct 18

We have decided to send Northern Indy to Doreen and Herb at Paradise Road Ranch for a well deserved few weeks off. Indy wasn't himself in his last work and had a bit of a hot foot after. Given the full calendar he has had in 2011 we thought it best to give him a little time off at the farm. This will not be a long layoff nor is it to deal with any apparent injury. Just some R & R for the big horse. He should be back at O.J.'s stable by mid November and back at the races in mid-to-late December.

Oct 8

Northern Indy worked 6 furlongs in 1:14 4/5ths today on a slow cuppy Golden Gate Field track. The work was 4th of 14 at that distance. Discussions with Bill Antongeorgio who breezed Indy today revealed that he travelled well but didn't have a lot of punch down the lane. We have decided to keep Indy home and not send him on another long trip to contest the Oklahoma Derby. We see him running for a number of years and competing at a high level but given the amount of travel he has had over the summer we will keep him home for now. We will likely point him to an Allowance race at GGF on November 3rd.

Sep 30

Northern Indy fired a bullet today working 5 furlongs in 1.01 and 2/5ths fastest of the 22 horses at that distance. He came back from B.C. in great shape. We considered giving him a well deserved rest at the farm but he is showing us he is ready to run. We ae targeting the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby to be run on Sunday October 16. Indy would fly to this one. This is a huge purse and the field should be softer than one would expect for such a purse given the Breeder's Cup Races are run in early Novembe and it is not a Graded Stake. No final decisions have been made and entries aren't until October 6.

Sep 12

Northern Indy came up short in the B.C. Derby. Breaking from the 12 hole was too much to ask for our colt. He settled in 11th of 12 at the half mile mark and gradually but not explosively gained ground to finish 6th five lengths from the winner Northern Causeway who is also a Northern California based horse. Indy ran well and in fact beat the two horses he beat in the Canadian Derby. More dissapointing was the fact he was one postiion off of getting a cheque. We are likely to bring Indy home, see how he came out of the race and plan for an allowance start at GGF after a few well deserved weeks off. Overall it has been a good summer campaign for him. A chart of the race can be found above.

Sep 9

Northern Indy drew post position 12 of 12 for the 66th running of Sunday's $200,000 Grade 3 B.C. Derby. If we didn't have bad luck we would have none at all. Luckliy the race is 1 1/8th miles and Hastings Park has a nice long opening back stretch for Indy to settle in. Indy tends to come from off the pace anyway and we have a very experienced jockey in Gerry Olguin who raced for a number of years at Hastings.

The race is seeting up as a classic with literally 8 colts, including Indy, who are legitimate contenders. The morning line odds have not yet been released but i would be suprised if any horse goes off at less than 3-1. Indy will likely be 3rd or 4th favorite but there is very little seperating this field. There is enough early speed in the race including Winter Warlock and and Nothern Causeway that an honest pace should be assured, this sets up very well for Indy.

Northern Indy galluped this morning at Hastings and according to O.J. looks "very, very well". He was a little more anxious than usual, likely a result of galluping for the first time in a few days after shipping Monday and jogging the last couple of days.

We will not be posting until next week as we are off to the airport to head up to sunny Vancouver.

All Finger Crossed please.

Past performance for he B.C. Derby can be found here.

Aug 20

Northern Indy provided the highpoint of Highland Yard's existance to date becoming our first Graded Stakes Placed horse by finishing a strong second in the 82nd running of the $300,000 Canadian Derby. Instead of trying to explain his come from behind effort after fighting jockey Olguin early we will attach a video link of the race here.

Fourteen family members cheered Indy on in Edmonton as well as a few friends we met at the track. It was a perfect day of fun and thanks to all. We will see how Indy comes out of the race and make a determination if we will supplement him into the Grade III B.C. Derby at Hastings Park in Vancouver on Sunday, September 11th. First indications are positive as he ate up after the race and was not visably the worse for wear.

Aug 18

Northern Indy has galluped for three days and appears fit and ready to run in Saturdays Grade III Canadian Derby. He seems to have handled the travel well. We drew post position 9 of 12 which is not ideal but in a long race like this one is of less importance. Indy was installed as fifth favorite at 9-1 and fits very well with this group.

Fourteen at the Highland Yard Table at Colours Restaurant for the big race which goes off at 3:45 Mountain time on Saturday.

Any other Highland Yard fans please drop by for a chat and hopefully ...... a Winners Circle photo.

 

Aug 17

Northern Indy enters today for the 82nd running of the $300,000 Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Indy arrived Monday after a long van trip from Seattle, jogged yesterday and galluped this morning. He will be one of twelve running in the biggest race in Western Canada and certainly the biggest race in Highland Yard's history. After a quick review of the expected field and based on Indy's closing third place finish in the Seattle Slew handicap last month, we think our colt has a legitimate shot and will not be outclassed.

We are thrilled that a large contingent of Highland Yard friends will be on hand to cheer the big colt on. More details as the post positions are selected later today.

Jul 17

Northern Indy acquitted himself well becoming the stable's 2nd stakes placed horse by finishing 3rd of 12 in the Seattle Slew Handicap at Emerald Downs in Seattle. Indy broke well and settled 8th into the back stretch. Indy made a smart move when eventual winner Zayda took off at the 3/8ths pole. In a stretch duel Indy held a solid third one length out of second and two lengths in front of 4th. Indy earned $7,500 for his efforts and made the trip worthwhile.

O.J. remarked that Indy lost focus heading for home which he has done before. Had he sustained his move we think he could have been the winner today. All in all we are relatively pleased and think Indy has the ability to move forward from this effort. He will stay and train in Seattle for the next couple or few weeks, likely working with blinkers in order to keep focus.  We have a race in mind for Indy in August and will make shipping decisions over the next few weeks. a chart of the race can be found above.

Jul 14

Northern Indy drew Post Position 3 of 12 for Sunday's $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap at Emerald Downs in Seattle. Indy will be among the class of the field for the race going 1 1/16th miles. Jockey Bill Antongeorgi gets the call and will fly up from the Bay Area to take the mount. Alot can go wrong in such a large field and decent competition from four win-in-a-row Rainier Ice and previous Stakes Winners "Couldabenthewhiskey" and "Showme Yourfriends" will make for an exciting race. We are pleased with the Post as there isn't much early speed in the race and we will want to be in the thick of it from the start. Indy has acclimated well to the Pacific Northwest and has taken well to the track since his arrival on Tuesday.

Post Time is set for 6:09 p.m. pst and is the ninth and feature race on the Emerald Downs 10 race card. The race can be seen on tvg.com but may require some kind of membership. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jul 4

Northern Indy had the bullet work of the day covering 5 furlongs in 59 and 1/5th seconds, 1st of 53 at the distance and faster than the second fast work by 4/5ths of a second. He is training very well right now and seems to understand more of what it takes to pace and race. We have nominted Indy for the Seattle Slew Handicap at Emerald Downs in Seattle. The One Mile and 1/16th race is on July 17th. Now we just need to figure out how to get him up there in race condition.

Jun 28

Northern Indy breezed an excellent 4 furlongs in 48 1/5ths seconds on Sunday 4th of 84 at that distance. We are debating where to run him next and are leaning towards the Oceanside Stakes at Delmar on opening day.

Jun 11

Northern Indy tried hard against elite company in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes. Outclassed but improving, Indy worked hard throughout including closing on the 4th and 5th finishers in the final furlong and earning a lifetime best 94 speed rating. Given the way he finished including galluping out past his foes we are convinced Indy will do well at longer distances and we'll prep him accordingly. Back to the drawing board for our colt but the future looks bright for him to earn some nice purses going forward. A chart of the race can be found above.

Jun 06

Indy had a tremendous breeze on the weekend in advance of his Graded Stakes start at Hollywood in the Affirmed Handicap on Saturday.

Indy went 4 furlongs in 48 1/5 seconds which was 2nd of 35 at that distance. More importantly, O.J. caught him galluping out another furlong in 11 3/5ths. He is finally relaxing and turning it on when asked. Now, wether he can mimic that against elite competition on Saturday remains to be seen. We enter tomorrow and have contracted L.A. jockey Tyler Baze to ride Indy. We have been assigned the low weight of 113 pounds which is expected given the horses we will be up against. Jockey Baze is one of the few riders that can make that weight. Indy will van down Wednesday, walk Thursday, gallup Friday and race Saturday. i will post the entries when available on Thursday.

May 31

Northern Indy had an excellent breeze on Monday going 5 furlongs in 1:01 and 2/5th seconds which was 7th of 30 at that distance. More importantly jockey Romero got him to relax for the first 3 furlongs, take the bit and finish strongly as well as galluping out an additional furlong. This is one of the first times Indy has relaxed and bodes very well for future races. This improved work combined with the impressive come from behind victory two weeks back has influenced our decision to enter him in the $100,000 Grade 3, Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park on Sunday June 11th. Indy will likley be a long-shot but we plan to give him a chance against elite competition.

May 13

Northern Indy looked a bit more like the race horse we all think he can be as he fought through trouble and traffic to win the feature allowance race at GGF yesterday. After bobbling a touch at the start jockey Romero placed him a comfortable 5th throught the first turn. From there he dropped back to 6th and last, a full 12 lengths off the front runners and stayed in that position through the 5/8ths poll. Just after the track announcer said "Indy was travelling poorly" he started his move. Indy ran into heavy traffic through the stretch and Romero had him change leads and veer sharply through a hole in mid stretch where he closed, past and drove to a "head" victory over second place "Over the Budget". Indy earned a much needed $18,600 for his victory.

We are most pleased Indy won the race despite a mediocre start, a 11 length deficit and serious traffic down the stretch. After many dissapointments, it looks like Indy is learning. Given his considerable talent we re now hopeful for bright future for our A.P. Indy colt. We will see how he comes out fo the race and look for an Allowance or Stakes race at the Fair circuit over the next 4 or 5 weeks. We are also open to run him at Delmar should he continue to progress. A chart of the race can be found here.

All California races can be watched on video replay at Calracing.com.

May 09

Indy breezed a "too fast" 4 furlongs in 47 4/5ths Sunday morning with a group of avid fans watching him gobble up ground with every stride. The work was 4th of 79 at the disance and perhaps a little more than we wanted out of him this close to a race. He certainly looks the part and we will be pulling for him to get back to the winner circle this upcoming Thursday. Hector Romero breezed Indy and will get the mount Thursday. Six have been entered and Indy has drawn the first post. We will be out of town and unable to post the past performances but the program will be available free online at goldengatefields.com. Indy is entered in the featured 7th race, a$31,000 allowance set to go off at 3:45pm pst.

Apr 30

Indy will breeze tomorrow with the thought to run him back in a one-mile allowance at GGF next Sunday May 8th. She came out of her

last race well and looks fit to get right back to the races. We will know for sure after tomorrow's breeze and make a final decision by entry time Wednesday.

Apr 24

Not much positive to gleam from Saturday's race. Indy was out sprinted. On a positive note, he did fight down the stretch and was edged by a head from finishing in the money in a fast 6 furlong race. If he can show that kind of stretch willingness at a longer distance we are still convinced he can win at this level. He should have gained a lot of experience as he was between horses for most of the race and had some dirt kicked at him. He came out of the race fine and was not particularly tired after. We may run him back quickly on the turf over a mile distance in the next few weeks. A chart of the race can be found above.

Apr 20

Indy drew post position 2 of 6 for the allowance race Saturday at GGF. Past performances are posted in the news section. This sets up to be a very contested and evenly matched field. Top trainer Hollendorfer has two in the race including $320,000 yearling purchase and recent maiden winner Midnight Fiddle. Hector Romero will ride for us and his breezed Indy the last two times out. This will be indy's first time racing at the shorter 6 furlong distance and we are hopeful this will be the change he needs to hit the winners circle for the second time.

Post time is set for 1:45 pst.

Apr 09

Northern Indy breezed 5 furlongs in 1 minute and 4/5ths seconds this morning which was 9th of 43 at that distance. He went easy and looks physcially imposing. Hector Romero said he still doesn't know what he is doing and "doesn't realize he's a race horse yet". Given how good he looks and feels we have decided to run him on April 23rd in a 6 furlong Allowance. We have decided to run at this shorter distance after a series of dissapointments going long after the Maiden Special Weight win at the end of October.

Of special interest, the second place horse to Indy in that Maiden Special Weight just won the $800,000 Sunland Derby and will start in the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The horses name is "Twice the Appeal" and we will be cheering for him in the Derby.     Wow.

Mar 21
Northern Indy disspointed again on Saturday in the Tempe Handicap. The race was delayed by 15 minutes as a horse lost its rider at the gate. Northern Indy broke okay but was held tightly by jockey Corbett in a bid to rate Indy. This proved unwise as Indy fought him and cornered 5 wide through the first turn. Indy rallied down the back stretch and, as we have seen before, loomed 3rd looking like he would make a run. He didn't.

Indy will be travelling back home on Tuesday after two days of walking and we will do some soul searching to see what's next for our A.P. Indy Colt.

Mar 15
Northern Indy drew post position 8 of 12 for Saturday's Tempe Handicap. We were a little surprised at the full field but encouraged that Indy looks the best from a class standpoint. Only 3 of the 12 return from the Turf Paradise Derby with "The Great Caper" doing best of the returnees in that race finishing 5th. Indy finished 4 lengths in front of The Great Caper in the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Theere are a couple of Turf Paradise locals such as "Arcadian" and "Blue'em Away" which look fairly tough but we are confident that if Indy gets a good trip he should handle those. Eikelberry opted to ride Arcadian which makes sense given Arcadian's trainer has a string of 40 head at Turf Paradise and we are only there for the one race. We have long time Turf Paradise Jockey G.W. Corbett on our horse and believe he has the experience to guide Indy well. For many of these horses it will be there first time on the turf and around two turns something which Indy has done. Indy finished 4th agaisnt a tougher field on the turf at Hollywood Park in his debut. Anything can happen in a 12 horse race but we think we have the best horse entering the race. Look for Indy to vie for favourship on the betting board and hoepfully he lives up to this billing. Looking forward to a great afternoon at Turf Paradise among friends and family.  Past Performances will be posted on Friday.

Mar 12
Northern Indy breezed six furlrongs in 1:13 and 2/5ths seconds this morning at Turf Paradise. The work was second of 5 at that distance, Indy galluped out strongly after the work. Eikelberry breezed Indy again and is slated to ride next Saturday. Eikelberry said Indy "will be tough in this race" which we view as hopeful. I will post past performances after entries on Tuesday.

Mar 06

Northern Indy breezed a half mile in 47 and 2/5ths seconds at Turf Paradise on Sunday in prep for the Tempe Handicap on March 19th. The time was 5th of 25 and fastest among three year olds. Turf Paradise leading Jockey Ry Eikelberry breezed Indy and thought highly of his mount. We are hopeful Ry will ride Indy on the Handicap. We will breeze Indy 6 furlongs next week and then keep him under wraps for the race on the 19th.

Feb 27

Northern Indy's white cell count has returned to normal levels as he appears to be recovering from the illness he suffered post shipping to Arizona. We have decided to leave Indy in Phoenix and point him to the One Mile Tempe Handicap to be held on the turf at Turf Paradise on March 19th. Indy showed promise on the turf in his debut last year and this race will set him up for a couple of stakes on the turf at Golden Gate in the spring. So, if all goes well, he will run in the Tempe and then ship back to O.J. a couple of days after the race.

Feb 23

Northern Indy arrived in Arizona yesterday morning and looks sharp. If only it was that easy. A routine blood test showed a considerably high white blood cell count. The vet believes it may be stress related from the trip in which case it should come down by Friday. If not we will have to scratch. Indy will jog Thursday and have a new blood sample taken Friday morning. There are many highs and lows with this hobby / business and we are looking forward to some more highs ...

As far as the race goes we have a legitimate shot in the race assuming Indy is healthy. Other than the likely favorite Hollendorfers' "Indian Winter" I would take are chances agaisnt any of the 10 starters. Given the idea is, once again, to get Indy to relax just off the pace in the early part of the race, the 10th post position should suit us fine in this 1 1/16th mile race. I will link to the program when available tomorrow. I have started another news item with the Past performances of the 10 starters.

Keep your fingers crossed for our boy.

Feb 16

Northern Indy came back to the barn in great shape after another dissapointing performance last week. His stable mate who also ran in the race was exhausted but not our Indy.  We are going to try our luck with him in the Turf Paradise Derby Saturday February 26th in Phoenix. We are hopeful he will perform better on that surface which historically has favored front runners more than the deep synthetic track at GGF.

Indy will ship down on Monday to get a few days training on the track prior to the race.

Feb 9

Northern Indy has drawn post position one in the six horse field for tommorrows Allowance race going 1 1/16th miles at GGF. Race Number 7 on the card with Post Time at 3:45 pst.

This looks like a wide open race with slight favortism to fast closing King Cola who has placed in three stakes races including the Gold Rush Stakes on this track. King Cola has placed in all seven life time starts. Other's close at the finish should be Indy's Stable mate Mr. Candy Bar who is training very well and L.A. shipper Offlee Wild Boys. We are at a bit of a loss as to how Indy should run this race. We were anticipating having Jockey Couton hold a tight rein on Indy through the early portions of the race and leave a finishing kick. Indy has not responded to this type of ride before but we believe he is maturing. The problem is there appears to be very little early speed in the race and thus we may benefit from being more forwardly placed early. Tommorrow will definetly be a test to see if Indy has matured as a race horse. He looks great and will have no excuses other than immaturity.

Daily Racing Form analysis of the race can be found at this Link

Past Performances of the race can be found at this Link

Feb 4

Northern Indy breezed 4 furlongs in 48 2/5ths seconds today which was 3rd fastest of 25 at that distance. Second leading jockey Julien Couton was in the irons for the breeze and will ride Indy in next Thursdays Allowance race. Julien had a tight hold on Indy for the first part of the breeze but, as usual, Indy wanted to run. Six horses drew in for the race which is the seventh on the card on Thurssday and should go off around 3:45pm pst. We will post the past performances and programs when available next Tuesday. We decided agaisnt running Indy in the El Camino Real Derby and will focus on trying to get his next win at the Allowance level. Indy has a lot to learn but shoulkd be very competitive in this spot.

Jan 30

Northern Indy is learning. He breezed much better today as Hector Romero held a tight rein on him for the first half of his work. His time was 1:14 and 3/5ths seconds which was 4th of 14 at that distance. More importantly he finished stronger and galloped out reasonably well. it would be a stretch to say he "relaxed" thrpough the first part of his work but he did seem to respond better to Hector's guidance. We will have second leading GGF jockey Julien Couton breeze him on Friday and see if Julien can get him to relax. Either Hector or Julien will be the likely pilot for Indy's next race.

We are still pointing Indy to the Allowance race going 1 1/16th miles on Thursday February 10th. It is shaping up to be another large field.

Indy is getting there but might need one more race and a few more lessons prior to being the horse we think he can be.

Jan 27

Northern Indy has been training well and will breeze 6 fulrongs at Golden Gate on Sunday. We are not going to stress the time of the breeze at all but instead have Jockey Romero have a strong hold on Indy through the first four furlongs to see if we can get him to finish strongly over the last two furlongs. This colt needs to mature. He seems to have every physical attribute and we still are hopeful he will become an excellent race horse. We are pointing Indy to a 1 1/16th mile first level Allowance Race on Thursday February 10th. The addditional training and less formidable field should benefit Indy.

Jan 15

Our Derby dreams have ended. Northern Indy set the early pace and led the field of twelve to the quarter pole, was second to the half mile and 3rd at the 3/4 pole, he then faded out of contention. No excuses really. We think this horse is very talented and looked fantastic in the paddock. If it were a body building or beauty contest our boy would have won. O.J. did mention that a stronger jockey would have reigned him in early in the race and perhaps left more for the finish. As it turned out Indy set a very fast first fraction in 22 3/5ths seconds never a good sign for a pace setter in a long race.

We'll see how Indy comes out of the race and make a determination wether to find a first condition allowance race for him, try one more time in stakes company on February 12 in the El Camino Real or perhaps put him out for a few months to relax.

The new two-year olds, Yard Bully and Wee Highland Lass, will be coming to O.J.'s barn in a couple of months. Hope springs eternal....

Jan 13

We're in. Northern Indy drew post position 6 of 12 for Saturdays California Derby. A full field of salty horses make this a very competitive race. Positive Response is likely to be the favorite off of two consecuive wins on this track including the Gold Rush Stakes. Jakesam and Dancing at Dark will be the likely 2nd and 3rd choices. We have enlisted Golden Gate 3rd leading jockey Inoel Beato to ride. O.J. says that Indy is back to his old self and his very perky around the barn. If Indy runs like he did 2 races ago we have a legitimate shot, if he runs like he did in the Prevue Stakes it won't be pretty.

We are expecting a table of friends in the Turf Club to cheer Indy on and are looking forward to Saturday.

California Derby Past Performances

 

Jan 7

Northern Indy breezed 5/8ths with the dynamic scope in, and a 5 pound pack on Hector Romero's back. Indy went in 1:02 flat which was 6th of 22 at that distance. He breezed reasonably well although not as dominant as we would have liked. Certainly the apparatus did not help him. Dr. Yarborough said Indy has a great looking respiratory tract and no displaced palate or the like. However, a considerable amount of mucous was present which will be treated with antibiotics. We are confident Indy will be sound for the CAL Derby but less confident we understand what causes him to hold his breath under stress. Interesting to say the least, and we continue to point to the Cal Derby on the 15th. It looks like Hector Romero or Leslie Mawing will get the call. Two shippers from Santa Anita are expected and Baze will almost certainly ride the John Sadler entry.

Looking forward to a great day next Saturday but don't break the bank on our boy Indy this time out .......

Jan 6

We have hired renouned Vet Tom Yarborough to utilize a state of the art Dynamic Scope to test Northern Indy's respiratory system under race like conditions. Indy will breeze a half mile tomorrow with the Dynamic Scope in place which will involve a micro camera inserted through Indy's nostril. We will in essence video Indy's upper respiratory tract while breezing. The hope is that nothing is wrong or that it is something relatively simple and treatable like displacing of the palate. We will be there at 6:45am tomorrow for the procedure and will report back. For an overview of the Dynamic Scope click Dynamic Scope.

Jan 2

Northern Indy breezed 5/8ths of a mile in 1:00 and 4/5ths seconds today which was 8th of 59 at that distance. He ran in company starting out a couple of lengths behind his running mate. Indy only made up about half that distance over the course of the work and once again we would have expected more. He did not seem to mind the blinkers which he breezed in for the first time today but they also didn't seem to be a magic bullet for his focus issues. More troubling, Indy "held his breath" again while being hot walked after the work-out. Given his throat scoped clean very recently we are at a bit of a loss to figure out why he is doing this.  We will continue to prep him for the Cal Derby in 13 days time and hope he straightens himself out for the race. He will have one more maintenance breeze of 1/2 mile next Saturday and then the race the following weekend. We are convinced the horse has great talent and it might take a while to get it out of him performance wise. As mentioned before, A.P. Indys' often don't make their mark until well into their 3 Year-Old Year

Dec 26
Northern Indy breezed 7/8ths of a mile in 1:28 flat today. He was the faster of the two horse at this distance. O.J. was not particularly pleased with the work as Indy lacked focus and did not finish up well. It was a very heavy track after all the rain. We were expecting a better work from him. He chased a couple of horses from the 3/8ths poll and made up a couple of lengths by the wire but did not pass them. We will try blinkers for next weeks breeze and hope this will enable him to focus better in the task at hand. Only a few weeks to to the California Derby and to have a legitimate shot in that race Indy will need to improve.

Dec 18

Northern Indy breezed 7/8ths of a mile in 1:27 3/5ths today. He was the only horse breezing this distance. Russell Baze was on top for the work and thought Indy went very well. He was tired in the gallup out and was breathing heavy after the work. This is the type of hard work Indy needs to prep for  the upcoming California Derby. Indy will likely work another 7 furlongs soon after Christmas.

Dec 11

Northern Indy breezed 5/8ths of a mile in 1:01 4/5ths today which was 10th of 37 at that distance. The excercise rider was instructed to go easy and let Indy gallup out. This maintencance work was in advance of next weeks seven furlong work where O.J. will ask more of him. With five weeks to go before the California Derby a stiff breeze next week is in order.

Mike Smith's agent has offered his services to ride Indy in the California Derby. This is heartening given Mike rode Indy in his poor outing in the Prevue Stakes and a rider of his calibre does not bid to ride horses he doesn't have faith in. Having said that we are likley to have the opportunity to use Russell Baze who piloted Indy to his MSW victory at GGF at the end of October. Excitement will build as we move closer to the big Saturday five weeks hence.

Nov 20

Northern Indy finished a dissapointing 6th in the Hollywood Prevue after vying for contention at the half-way point of the race. Northern Indy broke poorly as the gate was opened prior to Indy settling. This was not a major problem as Indy gained to 4th place on the outside before seemingly tiring. Discussions with jockey Mike Smith after the race reveal that Indy "held air" which is a race ender for a horse. Imagine trying to run while holding your breath, you can go well for a while but eventually you are going to stop. Mike said that Indy ran very well in the early going to get near contention.  We are going to let Indy refresh for the rest of the year and get him ready for a big three year old campaign. As mentioned before, A.P. Indy colts tend to be late developers and we fully expect Indy, who looks fantastic to have a big 2010.

It was very exciting to compete in a Graded Stakes race and we are pretty sure we will get another chance next year.

For a chart of the race click here Hollywood Prevue Chart

Nov 19
Were in. Northern Indy drew the outside post for the $100,000 Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Given only six horses in the field and Indy's stalking style and we are pleased with the post position. Hall of Fame and Zenyatta's jockey Mike Smith is set to ride. This is a shorter distance than we would of liked but we are hoping Indy will makle one big run and catch them all at the wire. The Morning Line has Indy as the long shot in the field at 10-1 but don't be suprised with a huge effort ffom Indy. O.J. said on the phone this morning from Hollywood Park that Indy galloped well this morning and is doing great. O.J. was going to take him over and school him in the paddock and we should be all set. 

Nov 11

Northern Indy breezed 5 furlongs today in 1.01 3/5 ths seconds, 8th fastest of 38 on the day and fastest of all the 2 year olds at that distance. Indy ran alone and was not pressed. The idea was to get some air in his lungs prior to his next race. With that in mind we nominated Northern Indy today for the Grade !!! $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes going 7 furlongs next Saturday November 20th at Hollywood Park. We have been debating running Indy here or in an allowance race at Golden Gate which won't come up until December. In as much as Indy would likely be favored in the allowance and will be a mid to long shot in the Hollywood Prevue it will be a hard decision. Given Indy broke his maiden at a mile and jockey Russell Baze thought he could go further we are a little reticent of dropping him back to 7 furlongs.

Should Indy finish in the top 4 in the Prevue he would gain Graded Stakes earnings required to qualify for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Hey, you got to dream big.

We will make sure Indy came out of his breeze well, as we anticipate, look at the list of nominations for the Prevue tomorrow and see what kind of monsters we would be up against.  Final entries are due early next week.

Oct 28

He won! Northern Indy broke his maiden at Golden Gate Fields yesterday in impessive fashion. Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze forwardly placed Indy in second place early in the race pressured 2nd favorite Twice the Appeal to the 3/8ths poill and passed him for good. Northern Indy responded to a comeback bid by Twice the Appeal and pulled away in the final 2/8ths for a convincing 5 length win. It looks like we have a race horse here as Indy earned an impressive 89 speed figure in only his second race. We'll see how he came out of the race over the next few days and determine a good spot for him for his next race. It was a thrill for us to get the Highland Yard silks in the winners circle and will post that picture when available.

Oct 22

Northern Indy's race is on for October 28th. The 6th race on the card for 2 year old colts going a mile on the all weather track drew 7 starters. We are very pleased the race is on and believe it is our best chance yet to enter the winners circle. With Indy coming off a strong debut at Hollywood Park against tougher and Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze in the irons we will be the likely post time favorite on Thursday. We have a table in the Turf Club for anyone that can make it. We will post the program page for the race when available next Tuesday.

Oct 21

Northern Indy worked a brisk 5 furlongs in 1:00 and 4/5ths seconds at GGF today. The work was 5th fastest of 31 at the distance and tied for the fastest among 2 year olds. Northern Indy came out of his Hollywood Park debut in fine order and will be ready for his GGF debut when the 1 mile MSW race comes up. It is unlikley the race will fill for October 28th but we will give it a try on the entry date tomorrow. If it doesn't fill the extra few days will only do Indy well.

Oct 12

Northern Indy finished a credible 4th in a field of 12 in his Debut. Indy beat the other 4 first time starters and lost to three colts each of which were starting for the third time. The 1 mile race on the turf at Hollywood Park went in a very fast 1:35 and change. All in all, a very positive start for a "shipper" debuting at the top level two year old maiden race in Southern California. Indy will be vanned home today after a morning jog and begin prepping for his next outing likely October 28th at GG.

For a full chart of the race click http://www1.drf.com/drfNCWeeklyHorseDisplay.do?track=OTH&country=USA&raceDate=20101011&raceNo=9

Oct 8

Northern Indy was vanned today to Hollywood Park in Los Angeles and has been entered in Monday's 9th race a $38,000 MSW for 2 Year olds. He was not coughing this morning and trained at GGF prior to departure. The one mile race on the turf is full with 12 starters. Indy has been waiting his chance to race and it looks like the day is finally near. We would have liked a softer field for his debut but at this point we will take what we can get. Barring further illness, we are at the post 5pm pst on Monday. The race can be watched at Calracing.com.

Sep 30
We are shipping Northern Indy to the bright lights of Los Angeles for some big time maiden special weight races against the top 2 year old maidens in the West.
Northern Indy's race at Golden Gate did not fill and he is kicking down the barn doors ready to run.

Sep 26
Northern Indy's race did not fill, we are in the process of looking for another race for his debut. The racoing stewatd has told us the race will likely go next Sunday October 3rd. If this race goes Jerry's Fever will race next Saturday and Northern Indy next Sunday. Hopefully next weekend we hit the winners circle for the first time.

Sep 12
Indy worked 7 furlongs in 1 minute 27 seconds today the fastest of the two at that distance. This will be Indy's last breeze prior to his debut going 1 mile and 1/16th at Golden Gate Fields Friday Sept. 24. O.J. said he worked well and he "is ready" for the upcoming race. Northern Indy will gallup and jog daily in advance of the race. We will post the field once the race is entered on Sept. 22.

Sep 7
NORTHERN INDY'S DEBUT
Indy worked 7 furlongs in 1:27 3/5ths seconds on Saturday. The work was the fastest of the two 7 furlong works. This long distance breeze is in anticipation of Northern Indy's targeted debut on September 24th.
It has been a long journey for Indy since we purchased him at the OBS 2YO sale in Florida in March. We are very excited to "see what we have" in a couple of weeks. Breeding indicates Indy to be a 2 turn classic type runner so we have decided to start him in this 1 1/16th race rather than a more typical two year old sprint. We don't know if Indy will take to the turf but this is the only non-claiming long race for Maidens in the fall meet. We are close to having Russell Baze, North America's leading all time rider to take the mount. Any and all welcome to join us for Jerry's debut.

Aug 29
Northern Indy worked his first 6 furlongs in 1:13 3/5ths seconds Sunday which was 4th of 19 at the distance and the fastest of the four two year olds. Indy continues to train very well. Indy will likely work 6 furlongs from the gate next week for his first official gate breeze. Indy is still on track for a debut in approximately 3-4 weeks time.

Aug 18
Northern Indy breezed 5/8ths of a mile in 1 minute 3/5ths seconds on Saturday the fastest of the two year olds and the 3rd fastest of 36 at that distance. O.J. wants to continue with training and get a solid foundation under him before racing likely in late September. His pedigree dictates he is very likely to be a two-turn horse so the early 2 year old short races aren't necessarily suited for him anyway.

July 26
Northern Indy had another very professional breeze on Sunday going a half mile in 48 4/5ths which was 17th of 78 at that distance and the fastest of all the two year old colts.
If he continues to progress as planned we should be able to "see what we have" in late September.

July 11th
Northern Indy had his first official 3 furlong breeze at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. He went an easy 37 flat which was 6th of 22. O.J.'s idea is to continue to go slow with Northern Indy and put progressively longer works into him over the next few months.

June 29th
Northern Indy to have first breeze. O.J. plans to work Northern Indy 2 furlings Satuerday morning at Golden Gate fields. This will be Indy's first breeze.

June 22
Northern Indy is in light training with O.J. at Golden Gate Fields. OJ anticipates pairing Indy with a Westpoint Thoroughbred 2 Year-Old for additional training. We have been trying to go slow with this son of A.P. Indy but according to O.J. he wants to do more.
This will be the next Highland Yard colt to begin "breezing". It is likely Indy will enter the official work tabs with a 2 furlong breeze in the next few weeks. If all were to go well, Indy may be ready to race by the end of the summer or early fall.
in a perfect world he would get a start at Delmar late in the summer.

 
     
 
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