World’s Leading Stallion: Japan’s Deep Impact

by | 01.01.2016 | 6:00pm
Two-time Japanese Horse of the Year, Deep Impact.

Deep Impact leads the world stallion standings by progeny earnings for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. Standing in Japan, he closes 2015 with the equivalent of $60.5 million in earnings, more than $13 million in front of the runner-up. By comparison, America's leading sire Tapit had progeny earnings of $18,307,469 in 2015.

A son of Sunday Silence, Deep Impact has not only dominated Japanese racing, but has also drawn international attention to the Japanese sales rings. Attracted to the stallion's championship pedigree have been such major players as Darley and Coolmore, as well as Qatari Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, who says he is “as good as any of the sires around the world.” He has shown his worth with both precocious 2-year-olds and distance horses, among them the likes of Beauty Parlor, who won the French 1,000 Guineas this year.

While some may argue that the inflated purses in Japan account for Deep Impact's status, his statistics speak for themselves. Already, the 13-year-old has sired 21 individual Grade/Group 1 stakes winners, without shuttling to the Southern Hemisphere. Similarly-aged stallions have not approached that number: Tapit (age 14) has 16, War Front (age 14) has 10, Dubawi (age 13) has 17 in the Northern Hemisphere, 6 in the Southern, and Fastnet Rock (age 14) has 19 in the Southern Hemisphere, 3 in the Northern.

Deep Impact's stud fee for 2016 has been set at approximately $241,000 US by the Shadai Stallion Station. Read more about this impressive son of Sunday Silence at the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

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