Multiple grade II winner Silent Namewill retire to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris after starting in the Nov. 23 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. Stronach recently acquired an interest in Silent Name from brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. He will stand at stud for both parties for a fee of $7,500.
Bred in Japan by Wertheimer et Frere, 5-year-old Silent Name is the first graded stakes winner by deceased prominent Japanese stallion Sunday Silence to stand in North America.
Silent Name has won or placed in a dozen of 22 races and earned $639,431. His big win came in this year's Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) by four lengths at Keeneland over a field that included subsequent TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Midnight Lute. His Commonwealth time, 1:21.16, in the seven-furlong race was good enough for a 109 Beyer Speed Figure.
Silent Name also won the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) and was three-times grade I stakes-placed on turf. In France, he won two stakes and placed in three others, one of which was a group event. His dam, Danzigaway (by Danehill), is a French group winner.
“Silent Name combines two of the most important international influences of our time,” Stronach said. “Sunday Silence is the world’s leading sire by progeny earnings, and Danehill is the world’s leading sire of stakes winners. Silent Name possessed exceptional speed, competing with the best grade I horses from Europe and North America."