Silent Name, a grade II winning son of Sunday Silence, will retire to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky., in 2007. The 4-year-old colt won the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) in April and subsequently finished third in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes and Eddie Read Handicap (both gr. IT). He is still in training for the rest of the season.
"He's got a few racing options, so it is in the trainer's (Gary Mandella) hands right now as far as which way we go," said Jack Brothers, the director of breeder operations for Adena. "He is a great miler, and he really fits our program to a tee."
The bay colt is owned in partnership with his breeders, Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's Wertheimer and Frere. Stronach bought into the homebred after his Arcadia victory. Alain Wertheimer is chief executive officer of Chanel, and his brother is also involved in ownership of the firm.
Silent Name was bred in Japan and began his career in France, where he won the Prix de Saint-Patrick and Prix de Tourgeville as well as finished third in the Prix du Pin (Fr-IIIT). Upon his arrival in the United States last fall, the colt was transferred from the barn of his French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek to Mandella.
The Wertheimers bred Silent Name out of the French graded/group-winning Danehill mare Danzigaway, who is also a homebred. He is the first foal out of the mare.
"Frank has always been a big fan of the Halo line, and the horse obviously has great credentials," Brothers said. "The whole Hail to Reason line has been successful lately."
A fee for Silent Name has not been announced.