Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact, who finished third in this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) in front of a cheering throng of Japanese supporters, will enter stud at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station for the highest syndication price ever for a Japanese stallion. The 4-year-old son of Sunday Silence will be syndicated for ¥5.1 billion (about $42.7 million), which far eclipses the previous mark of ¥2.1 billion (60 shares at ¥35 million each) for 2004 Japanese champion King Kamehameha. A son of Kingmambo
, King Kamehameha covered 245 mares in his first season in 2005.
Deep Impact, who will continue to race for owner Makoto Kaneko, was named 2005 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male after winning the Triple Crown. In the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he was beaten just three-quarters of a length as the 1-2 favorite.
Bred in Japan by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, Deep Impact has won 10 of 12 races and earned $9,395,600. He is a full brother to Japanese group II winner Black Tide and a half-brother to U.S. graded winner Veil of Avalon. His dam, Wind in Her Hair, was a German champion and classic-placed in England.
Sunday Silence, North America's Horse of the Year in 1989, set numerous sire records while standing in Japan.