Japan Sire List: Sunday Silence on Top -- Again

Sunday Silence's 2000 progeny earnings of $53,672,791 (¥6,065,025,400) makes for some interesting comparisons, and perhaps none is more fascinating than comparing it to a weekly average. With 52 weeks in a year, that comes out to a little more than $1 million a week, which is what his average was in 1999, when his runners earned a grand total of $52,346,090.

For Sunday Silence, it was his sixth consecutive title, and it all started in 1995, when his first runners were 3-year-olds. In 1994, Sunday Silence topped the sires of 2-year-olds list by progeny earnings, and he has done so every year since, except in 1996, when he finished third. Sunday Silence's 2-year-olds earned $6,476,858 (¥731,885,000) in 2000.

Finishing second on the 2-year-old list and seventh on the general list was Sunday Silence's son, Fuji Kiseki, whose runners earned a total of $13,808, 529, of which $1,702,593 was earned by his juveniles. Sunday Silence also was represented on the 2-year-old list by sons Tayasu Tsuyoshi (sixth place), Dance in the Dark (11th), and Summer Suspicion (26th).

Sunday Silence, a 15-year-old son of Halo out of the Understanding mare Wishing Well, was represented in 2000 by 18 stakes winners, all graded, including group I winners Cheers Grace, Air Shakur, Agnes Flight, and Mejiro Bailey. Through 2000, Sunday Silence sired the earners of some $238 million.

For his career, Sunday Silence has sired 55 stakes winners, including two in 2001. According to Japanese cataloguing standards, Sunday Silence has sired 113 stakes winners, equaling the former record held by Hindstan.

Sunday Silence, the 1989 Horse of the Year in North America, stands at the Yoshido family's Shadai Stallion Station on the island of Hokkaido.