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Deep Impact: an incredible legacy
Shadai Stallion Station
By Michèle MacDonald
One of the most glorious eras in Japanese blood history will end poignantly this week with the Japan Racing Horse Association Selective Sale of Yearlings and Foals, which will mark the first auction for the deceased’s offspring. world leader in Deep Impact. .
While the ongoing pandemic will restrict participation in the two-session auction which begins Monday at Northern Horse Park in Hokkaido, auctions are expected to be effervescent as on-site and online buyers scramble for four Deep Impact yearlings cataloged from of its small final harvest.
It is expected that the very first yearling to step into the ring, a bay colt of Deep Impact from the multi-award winning mare Ghostzapper Go Maggie Go, could spark a yen crossfire.
Naohiro Goda, JRHA representative for international clients and a leading commentator on Japanese television races, said the foal donated by Katsumi Yoshida’s North Farm may be the subject of a final offer. exceeding 400 million yen (2.6 million pounds sterling / 3 million euros).
The catalog’s four Deep Impact yearlings “are beautiful individuals, who look like typical Deep Impacts, of medium height and very athletic”, and they have attracted “enormous attention” from the media and potential buyers, said Goda.
At the two-year-old Chiba Thoroughbred sale, which was held as an online auction on May 21, a two-year-old colt by Deep Impact on [multiple European Group stakes-placed and American stakes winner] Shadai Farm’s First Steps Shipment was purchased by Susumu Fujita for 470.1 million yen, a record price for two-year sales in Japan.
“Many of us who watch the national blood stock markets in Japan expect hip 1 [at the JRHA sale] will be sold at a similar or higher price, ”Goda said.
The other Deep Impact yearlings in the JRHA catalog are hip 52, a filly from American Grade 1 winner Watsdachances, by Diamond Green, presented by Oiwake Farm; hip 130, a Jewel Maker filly, by Empire Maker, presented by Champions Farm Co Ltd, and the final offer of the yearling session, and hip 248, a foal by Japanese champion Sweep Tosho, by End Sweep, presented by Northern Cultiver .
Deep Impact has dominated the sale of JRHA for over a decade, just as it has dominated all bulls around the world in progeny gains since 2012, when its oldest foals were only four years old. He once again tops the list of the best bulls in the world this year in terms of prizes won with a wide margin.
Taking on the mantle of his legendary sire, American champion and Japanese superstar stallion Sunday Silence, Deep Impact has generated mind-blowing stats at all levels, anywhere, spurred in part by Japan’s rich stock exchanges.
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Deep Impact photographed at Longchamp, where he competed in the 2006 Arc
He spawned 51 Category / Group 1 winners, including five European Classic winners among relatively few riders on the continent, and other elite international winners in the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Australia.
From 1,776 foals, including 109 two-year-old registrants, Deep Impact sired 175 black type winners (a remarkable 11.1 percent of starters), including 142 at the Graded / Group level (nine percent of starters). Its 1,570 starters included 1,130 winners (72%) and 119 other black-type placers, according to international data compiled by the American Jockey Club.
With seven winners of Japan’s most coveted race, the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) to his name, including Contrail, winner of the Triple Crown in 2020, Deep Impact has quickly become its own industry, its offspring winning so far. over 66.56 billion yen (£ 435 million). / 509 M €).
Even though they made their debut at the JRHA sale in 2008, at a time when the world was slipping into a grim recession, the first foals of Deep Impact immediately proved to be stars in the sales ring, with four of 36. nominated winning final seven-figure offers including the topper colt session, a colt of champion Biwa Heidi sold for ¥ 220m. This colt became the Grade 1 Tosen Ra winner.
A total of 189 yearlings by Deep Impact were sold at public auction for an average price of $ 994,898, while his 184 foals sold averaged $ 869,447. All the top auction graduates lit up the picture at the JRHA sale.
Last year on this site nine Deep Impact yearlings reported at least 100m, with the best-selling colt of American mare Sheave, a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, bringing 510m from Tetsuhide Kunimoto . This colt is called Shonan Addeybb.
With Deep Impact’s death in July 2019 at Shadai Stallion Station at the age of 17, Japan’s best pipeline of outstanding sales and racing horses came to a screeching halt.
Looking ahead, Goda said that proven young stallions such as Lord Kanaloa, by King Kamehameha and sire of international superstar Almond Eye, and Epiphaneia, by Sympoli Kris S and sire in his initial production as a Triple-winning Japanese filly Crown Daring Tact, will be popular this year at the JRHA sale.
Some of the latest descendants of recently retired Heart’s Cry, as well as the offspring of young stallions Maurice and Duramente, will also be sought after.
A total of 248 yearlings were cataloged for the first JRHA session, with 241 following foals in the closing session on Tuesday.
As usual, there is a sprinkling of intriguing offerings with international connections, including two yearlings from the first generation of Deep Impact’s son, Saxon Warrior, who won the 2000 Guineas 2018 for his breeders at Coolmore. Hip 90 is a chestnut filly by Saxon Warrior who is Treasuring’s first foal, multiple Graded / Group winners, by Havana Gold.
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Deep Impact’s son Saxon Warrior: two yearlings from his first crop sold
One year old colt from the first generation of the American Triple Crown winner Justify over Grade 1 winner Zipessa, by City Zip also stands out in the catalog, as does a colt by Frankel over the Grade 1 winner Callback, by Street Sense.
Other international sires of foals include American Pharoah, Justify, Mendelssohn, Le Havre and Yoshida. The catalog also contains four foals from the first Japanese breeding of the American champion and winner of the Dubai World Cup, California Chrome.
Even though a new emergency restraining order issued for Tokyo due to the Covid-19 pandemic is due to go into effect on Monday, Goda said buyers could travel north to Hokkaido, where the virus has failed. been serious.
JRHA officials plan to check temperatures at the entrance to the sale and set up a team to disinfect the facilities frequently, Goda said, adding that each registered buyer would be limited to one companion / advisor.
Since Japan does not allow visitors from almost all countries except athletes who will compete in the Olympics, international buyers are not expected to be sold, although they can bid online or through Japanese agents.
However, national participation is expected to be strong. Japanese citizens turned to racing for entertainment during the pandemic, dramatically increasing betting turnover, and Goda said some of them were interested in joining racing clubs or buying horses for their own account.
“I think you will find a lot of new names on the buyers list,” he said. “The horse racing and breeding industry in Japan is booming.”