Brian’s Time (Stallion)

2022-09-04 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: Stallions Coming to Japan.


Name / Japanese Brian’s Time / ブライアンズタイム
Birth Year 1985
Birth Country USA
Sex horse
Sire Robert
Dam (Sire) Kelley’s Day (Graustark)
Other Site Link JBIS Stallion Reports / en.netkeiba Progeny Stats

As a Racehorse Briefly

  • He won the Florida Derby by beating Forty Niner.
  • He then ran in the U.S. Triple Crown races, finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby, second in the Preakness Stakes, and third in the Belmont Stakes.
  • He also won the Pegasus Handicap, which was a G1 race at the time.

As a Stallion

  • The story of how he came to Japan is well known.
    Hayata Farms went to the U.S. for the purpose of purchasing a stallion to work in Japan.
    They planned to purchase Sunshine Forever, the 1988 Outstanding Male Turf Horse in the U.S.
    However, the purchase price of Sunshine Forever was too high, so they decided to buy Brian’s Time, Sunshine Forever’s cousin and almost exactly the same in terms of pedigree, instead.
    It is also well known that Hayata Farms purchased Sunshine Forever again later in the year, but Sunshine Forever failed as a sire.
    Brian’s Time and Sunshine Forever also have similar pedigrees to Dynaformer, a successful sire in U.S.
  • When Brian’s Time arrived in Japan, Real Shadai of the Shadai Group was just starting to become active as a stallion.
    Brian’s Time, a colt by Roberto, like Real Shadai, was highly promising from his first year as a stallion.
  • From the first year, his foals made great success in Japanese horse racing, including the Triple Crown winner Narita Brian and the Oaks horse Chokai Carol.
  • He continued to produce famous horses such as Mayano Top Gun and Sunny Brian.
  • His foals were also strong in dirt races, especially in the latter half of his sire’s life.
    His successor stallion has also been active in dirt racing.
  • His foals won the JRA’s grade races for 18 consecutive years.
  • He was called one of the “Three Great Stallions” along with Sunday Silence and Tony Bin.
    They were the leading stallions of Japanese horse racing in the 1990s, but while Tony Bin and Sunday Silence died somewhat early, in 2000 and 2002, respectively, Brian’s Time lived a long life.
    He remained healthy and active as a stallion until 2013, the year he would be twenty-eight years old, but was euthanized due to an unexpected fracture.
  • He was working at CB Stud, the stallion facility of Hayata Farms, but due to Hayata Farms’ bankruptcy caused by rapid expansion, he worked at Arrow Stud in later years.

Foals that won the G1 races

Sire Line

  • In conclusion, the survival of Brian’s Time’s sire line is severe as of 2022.
  • His greatest foal, Narita Brian, born at Hayata Farms, did not produce good results and died after two years as a stallion.
  • Sunny Brian, the double crown winner, did not have good results, perhaps because the quality of his broodmares was not good.
  • His successors who did well as sires were Mayano Top Gun, Tanino Gimlet, Time Paradox, and Furioso.
  • Mayano Top Gun’s foals were successful on turf and dirt, short and long distances.
    Meisho Tokon and Precise Machine, by Mayano Top Gun, finished second in G1 races, but Mayano Top Gun’s foals failed to win any G1 races.
    Chakra became his successor sire, but there was little demand and the Mayano Top Gun sire line did not survive.
  • Tanino Gimlet produced Vodka in his first year and was very promising thereafter, but none of his foals won a single G1 race except Vodka.
    Every Japanese horse racing fan has at least once fantasized about “If Vodka had been a colt instead of a mare, how would she (he) have done as a sire?
  • Time Paradox’s foals were active in dirt racing.
  • Furioso’s foals were active in dirt racing.
    Furioso is still active as a sire of Darley Japan as of 2022.
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