Divine Light Dies in Turkey

Group I-placed in Japan, the son of Sunday Silence sired five stakes winners.

Turkey-based stallion Divine Light died May 12 at Adana Seyhan Covering Station due to complications from a lipoma tumor being coiled around his intestines. The son of Sunday SilenceMeld Sport, by Northern Taste, was 19.

A Japanese homebred for Shadai Farm, Divine Light placed in five group events while campaigning in his native country, including the 2000 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (Jpn-I). He retired from racing with a record of 4-6-2 from 26 starts, for earnings of $1,836,018.

Divine Light initially stood in France, after which he was transferred to The Jockey Club of Turkey Stud Farms, where he stood from 2008-2013. He was standing his first season at Adana Seyhan Covering Station at the time of his death.

Known as one of Turkey's most successful stallions, Divine Light is represented by 237 foals of racing age, 30 of which are winners including five stakes victors, for total progeny earnings of $5,186,240. 

Among Divine Light's most successful offspring are Turkey's 2013 Gazi Derby winner Divine Heart and European and English champion Natagora. The latter filly scored in the 2007 Skybet.com Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) and 2008 English One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I).