Demand for foals of 2000 sired by 1989 Kentucky Derby winner and Japanese leading sire Sunday Silence continued Tuesday as the Japan Racing Horse Association concluded its record-breaking sale at the Northern Horse Park on the island of Hokkaido.
Tuesday's top price of 220,000,000 yen (about US$2,037,037) was paid by Tokyo computer software company owner Makoto Kaneko for a Sunday Silence colt produced from the Fappiano mare Fadetta, who finished second in the Rare Perfume Stakes (gr. II). The session's second highest price of 185,000,000 yen (US$1,712,962) was paid by Isao Okawa for a Sunday Silence colt who was produced from the Danzig mare Daring Danzig, the dam also of North American grade I winner Ecton Park.
The JRHA reported 173 foals were sold for a record gross of 6,066,400,000 yen (about US$56,170,370), with a record average price of 35,070,000 yen ($324,722). During last year's sale, 173 foals averaged 29,220,809 yen from a gross of 5,005,200,000 yen.
The sale topper was a Sunday Silence colt sold during Monday's opening session for 320,000,000 yen (about US$2,962,962), a record for a foal offered at public auction in Japan. The colt, produced April 9 from the Kentucky-bred mare Franc Argument (by Argument), was purchased by Misako Okada, whose husband, Shigeyuki Okada, operates Big Red Farm.