Sunday Silence (Stallion)

2022-07-26 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: Stallions Coming to Japan.


Name / Japanese Sunday Silence / サンデーサイレンス
Birth Year 1986
Birth Country USA
Sex horse
Sire Halo
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.


Foals that won the G1 races


  • In addition to these, there is Sunday Joy, winner of the Australian Oaks.

Sunday Silence Sire Line

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