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Japan's Hayata Group Bankrupt

Yuki and Koichiro Hayata's Hayata Group has petitioned for bankruptcy in Japan. The Hayatas operate Hayata Farm and CB Farm, where they stand Brian's Time, one of the top sires in Japan since 1996.

Sunday Silenced

By Ray Paulick -- Sunday Silence, who died in Japan Monday at age 16, saved Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm from bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

Sunday Silenced

By Ray Paulick -- Sunday Silence, who died in Japan Monday at age 16, saved Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm from bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

Report From Japan: On-the-Scene Account of Sunday Silence's Battle

HAYAKITA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (August 13) -- It's the ninth anniversary of the death of Zenya Yoshida, the founder of Shadai Farm. Rain has fallen for most of the day, growing stronger toward evening and the mood is grim at Shadai Stallion Station. In a barn set back from the others, a barn that was especially built to accommodate the aging Northern Taste, Sunday Silence battles what appear to be his longest odds yet.

Sunday Silence Doing Well After Surgery

Japanese stallion Sunday Silence, who temporarily was relieved of stallion duty in May because of phlegmone (an infection caused by bacteria) in his right front leg, underwent surgery June 23 at Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, and will not resume breeding this year, according to a Japanese source.

Blood-Horse Editor Donates Book Fee to Charity

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Ray Paulick, editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of the recently released book Sunday Silence, has donated his entire compensation for writing the book to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and to Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped.

Sunday Silence Tops in 2002

Japanese stallion Sunday Silence, whose sire title in 2001 was his seventh straight, heads this year's list, with $4.6 million in progeny earnings through most of January.

Sunday Silence Sons Taking Up Chase

Sunday Silence, who ranks atop both the 2001 general and 2-year-olds list in Japan, is being followed by sons Dance in the Dark and Fuji Kiseki on the juvenile list.

Sunday Silence Still Tops

Sunday Silence, who topped the Japanese leading sire list by progeny earnings from 1995 to 2000, is steam rolling toward another title.

Sheikh Mohammed Makes More Headlines With Sunday Silence

Sheikh Mohammed's homebred Silent Honor captured Tuesday's Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng-II) by a short head over Lady High Havens. The win came a day after John Ferguson purchased five sons and daughters of Sunday Silence on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale.

Sunday Silence Maintains Sire Lead in Japan

Sunday Silence, who has dominated the Japanese sire lists since his arrival on that island nation from North America in the early 1990s, holds a sizable lead on the 2001 leading sires list by progeny earnings over runner-up Tony Bin.

A Sunday Drive

By Ray Paulick -- Some Western Hemisphere breeders worry about the heavy concentration of Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector blood in the modern-day Thoroughbred. They're not alone in their concerns over a limited gene pool. A similar predicament is developing in Japan, where Sunday Silence reigns supreme.

Japan Sire List: Sunday Silence on Top -- Again

Sunday Silence's 2000 progeny earnings of $53,672,791 (¥6,065,025,400) makes for some interesting comparisons, and perhaps none is more fascinating than comparing it to a weekly average. With 52 weeks in a year, that comes out to a little more than $1 million a week, which is what his average was in 1999, when his runners earned a grand total of $52,346,090.

Japan Cup Winner Unanimous as Country's Best Horse

Japanese superhorse T.M. Opera O was the unanimous choice for 2000 Horse of the Year in his native country, according to the list of champion released by the Japan Racing Association. A son of Opera House, T.M. Opera received all 296 votes for Horse of the Year. Winner of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), T. M. Opera O was undefeated in eight starts last year, with earnings of ¥1,036,004,000 (about US$9,466,254) as he was also named champion older horse.

Japanese Sale Concludes on Record Note

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.

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