Indy is the oldest living winner of the Breeder's Cup Classic at 27 years of age. Although he's now a pensioner living off the fat of the land, he is still an imposing figure. He is a bit sway backed now but still, as his long time groom Asa Haley said with a smile, "Indy has his days."
Indy's broodmare sire was Secretariat and his sire was Seattle Slew x Weekend Surprise, one of Lane's Ends three Blue Hens. Blue Hens are broodmares that consistently produce winners at the races and in the breeding barns.
Indy and Haley seemed to rise up from the bluegrass acres that surround the stallion complex at Lane's End, where our tour group was warmly welcomed by Lexi, a twenty-five year employee of the farm, and Chance Timm, Director of Stallion Seasons and Shares.
The cemetery at Lane's End speaks of the respect and reverence the Farish family has for the horses in their care. Quiet, simple elegance and respectful are words that came to mind as I walked among the rows of headstones arranged in a semicircle with the fabled bluegrass paddocks in which they once capered as a backdrop. Each of the horses had been cremated.
His toothy grin.