Sunday Silence--Fanjica Colt Tops Japanese Sale's First Session

A Sunday Silence colt produced from 1996 Yerba Buena Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Fanjica sold for ¥150 million ($1,190,476) to top the first session of the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale on Monday. Consigned by Shadai Farm, the colt was purchased by Hiroyoshi Usuda.

A 9-year-old daughter of Law Society, Fanjica also captured the 1995 Lancashire Oaks (Eng-III) and the 1996 Reloy Stakes at Santa Anita Park. She finished second in six added-money events, including the 1997 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT).
The second-highest price of ¥112 million ($888,888) was brought by a Pilsudski--Elizabeth Rose colt, which also was consigned by Shadai Farm. The buyer was Takao Watanabe.
The top-priced filly was a daughter of Mr. Greeley--Blue Avenue, which was bought by Makoto Kaneko for ¥72 million ($571,428).
John Ferguson Bloodstock, representing Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, bought three foals, paying ¥87 million ($690,476) for a Sunday Silence--Diamond City colt; ¥70 million ($555,555) for a Sunday Silence--Shinko Beauty filly; and ¥40 million ($317,460) for a Warning--Arvola colt.
The second and final session of the sale is scheduled for Tuesday at the Northern Horse Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.