sunday silence

Ruggero Captures First Leg Of Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

The first of a three-race series called the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Cattleya Sho was contested on Saturday at Tokyo Racecourse. A one-turn mile for 2-year-olds on the dirt, the Cattleya Sho was won by Ruggero. Under jockey Keita Kosaki, Ruggero stalked the early pacesetters and was able to hold off a pair […]

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‘Equine Idol’: Melbourne Cup Winner Delta Blues Enjoys Showjumping For His Fans

The first Japanese winner of Australia’s Melbourne Cup, Delta Blues developed a large fan following in his native country. The son of Dance In The Dark (Sunday Silence) can still be seen by those fans, reports thoroughbredracing.com, in showjumping demonstrations at Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Horse Park in Japan. Not only does the 16-year-old enjoy showing off for […]

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Logotype Set To Defend Title In Tokyo’s Yasuda Kinen

Led by defending champion Logotype (JPN) and Hong Kong runners Contentment (AUS) and Beauty Only (IRE), a field of 18 is set for Sunday’s one-mile, US$1,931,130 Yasuda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is […]

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Japanese-Bred Yoshida Airs In James W. Murphy

China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock, Head of Plains Partners and WinStar Farm’s Yoshida was the easiest of winners in Saturday’s $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes, rallying from last of the 12-horse field to pull away in the stretch, crossing under the wire open lengths in front, geared down with his ears pricked under Joel Rosario. […]

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All In The Family: Half-Brothers Lani, Awardee ‘Totally Different’ For Dubai World Cup

Two siblings will meet for the first time on the big stage in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates. Among 10 runners from Japan at the meeting are the two half-brothers Awardee and Lani, both out of the Sunday Silence mare Heavenly Romance and trained by Mikio Matsunaga for owner-breeder Koji Maeda. Seven-year-old Awardee […]

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1989 Gotham Stakes Launching Pad For Easy Goer’s Memorable 3-Year-Old Season

One July day in 1988, Arthur B. Hancock III was dinning at a restaurant in Kentucky when he spotted his brother, Seth, the longtime President of Claiborne Farms. Arthur approached his brother and told him that he had been receiving promising reports about one of his 2-year-olds, a colt named Sunday Silence. What he heard […]

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Undefeated Epicharis Qualifies For Kentucky Derby With Hyacinth Victory

Epicharis (Jpn) defeated Adirato (Jpn) in the Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday to remain unbeaten in four starts; the colt garnered 50 points and an invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6 at Churchill Downs. The one-mile Hyacinth was the second race in a new two-race […]

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Multiple G2 Winner Silentio To Stand At Keen Farms In Texas

Silentio, one of the nation’s top turf runners in 2013, has been retired from racing and will stand his first season at Dallas and Donna Keen’s Keen Farms in Burleson, Texas. Silentio is a son of multiple graded stakes winner Silent Name (Jpn), the leading sire by 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence standing […]

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‘Great Traveler’ Highland Reel Looks To Repeat In Hong Kong Vase

Following a striking performance in the United States’ Breeders’ Cup Turf at the beginning of November, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Highland Reel has returned to the Sha Tin Racecourse in hopes of a repeat victory in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase. Contested over approximately the same distance as the Turf at 2400 meters (1 […]

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Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Progeny Still Speak Volumes

Perhaps you’ve read praise of Sunday Silence, champion racer in the US and Horse of the Year. Perhaps the gentle reader has even perused my comments on the degree to which the black son of Halo changed the breed and changed breeding in Japan. The saga of Sunday Silence began 30 years ago in Bourbon […]

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