Sekiguchi Issues Call For Trainer to Condition Colt

Owner Fusao Sekiguchi will provide trainers from around the world an opportunity to train his $2.79-million Sunday Silence colt from the last crop of the reigning champion sire in Japan. All they have to do is show their eagerness.

In an unusual press release dated Sept. 15, Sekiguchi, who owned 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, sent out feelers to land a trainer for the colt out of the Bellotto mare Seto Flowerian. The colt brought the third-highest price in Japanese foal sale history when he was purchased in July at the select sale in Hokkaido.

The plan is to offer the colt to the trainer "most eager" to train him, the release said. Sekiguchi's idea to call upon trainers from the international scene to step up and take up the opportunity to train the colt was one of his venture-minded attempts to pursue the best scenario for his investment, he said.

"I am seeking a trainer who is not afraid to take risks to make this endeavour a success," Sekiguchi said. "I want a trainer who will not be intimidated by the circumstances but to put in his best to train the colt. Whoever feels confident to take up the task will be welcomed."

Further details will be released at a later date. Yukari Sekiguchi, Sekiguchi's daughter and racing manager of Fusaichi Corp. of Japan, will handle the trainer search.