Multiple grade II stakes winner Silent Name will return to Canada to stand the 2013 season at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Canada near Aurora, Ontario. A fee for the 10-year-old Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence will be announced later.
A top 15 second-crop sire in 2012 with more than $1.2 million in progeny earnings, Silent Name is the sire of recent Woodbine stakes-winning 2-year-old Crysta's Court and two other Woodbine stakes-placed juveniles this year.
Silent Name began his stallion career at Adena Springs in Kentucky in 2008 before standing the 2009-10 seasons in Ontario at Gardiner Farms. He spent the last two seasons at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York, where he was state's leading first-crop sire by winners and stakes horses.
Silent Name's first crop of Ontario-sired 2-year-olds have earned nearly $350,000 in 2012, which would lead all Canadian-based stallions. He is represented by four winners and three stakes horses with an average earnings per starter of more than $31,000. From his first two crops to race, he has sired five runners that have won or placed in stakes at 2.
"Silent Name is a perfect fit for Ontario," said Stronach's son Andy. "He nearly set a track record on Polytrack, and his progeny love that surface."
Stakes-placed at 2 in France, Silent Name earned at least one stakes victory in each of his next three seasons. He won the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland over Polytrack and the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) as well as two French stakes.
Silent Name is out of French group winner Danzigaway (by Danehill).