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. He is eating and drinking normally and is in good condition.
Sunday Silence stands at the Yoshida's family's Shadai Stallion Station.
He initially was administered antibiotics to treat phlegmone following its discovery in May. Before then, he covered more than 130 mares.
Sixteen-year-old Sunday Silence (Halo--Wishing Well, by Understanding) has ranked as Japan's leading sire by year-end progeny earnings since 1995. He has sired 73 stakes winners, nine of which have won graded stakes this year.