|Name / Japanese||Sunday Silence / サンデーサイレンス|
|Dam (Sire)||Wishing Well (Understanding)|
|Other Site Link||JBIS Stallion Reports / en.netkeiba Progeny Stats
As a Racehorse Briefly
- He won six G1 races, including the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
His many famous duels with his rival Easy Goer remain one of the most illustrious events in the history of American horse racing.
As a Stallion
- He was not much expected as a sire in the USA because of his poor family line.
His dam Wishing Well won G2 and G3 turf races in USA.
However, the mares with good racing results from the family other than Wishing Well have to go back quite far in the family line.
Zenya Yoshida, founder of the Shadai Group in Japan, approached to purchase Sunday Silence, who had been unable to become a stallion in the USA under good deals, and a deal was struck.
Some in the American racing community laughed, saying, “The Japanese bought a horse that was unlikely to succeed as a stallion because of his pedigree, for a lot of money.”
- His foals were very successful from his first year.
In 1995, he became the leading sire in just two years.
This is the first time in Japanese history that a horse has become a leading sire in two years, and it is said that St. Simon and Bold Ruler are the only sires to do so in other countries.
- He was a very temperamental horse himself, and many of his foals were also temperamental.
It is said that he passed on to his foals the traits of his temperament and flexible muscles, and that he also brought out the traits of their dams’ very well.
- He died in 2002.
He has rewritten the entire Japanese studbook.
He was the leading sire for 13 consecutive years from 1995 to 2007.
He is very often referred to as the greatest stallion in history in Japan.
- He has sired numerous great colts such as Fuji Kiseki, Dance in the Dark, Special Week, Agnes Tachyon, Manhattan Cafe, Neo Universe, Zenno Rob Roy, Daiwa Major, Heart’s Cry and Deep Impact.
- He also sired great mares such as Dance Partner, the Triple Crown mare Still in Love and her rival Admire Groove, and Fusaichi Pandora.
Admire Groove later sired Duramante and Fusaichi Pandora later sired Almond Eye, so Sunday Silence is successful as a broodmare sire as well.
He was the leading broodmare sire for 13 consecutive years from 2007 to 2019.
- Believe, Durandal and Admire Max were active in short-distance races.
- Gold Allure is unique among Sunday Silence foals.
Gold Allure was successful in dirt racing, and his foals were also successful in dirt racing.
Foals that won the G1 races
Bubble Gum Fellow
Dance in the Dark
To the Victory
Piece of World
Still in Love
Zenno Rob Roy
Dance in the Mood
Daiwa el Cielo
- In addition to these, there is Sunday Joy, winner of the Australian Oaks.
- More details in the post about the Sunday Silence Sire Line.
- The Sunday Silence Line has developed in Japan and will probably spread more throughout the world.