Deep Impact (horse)

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Deep Impact
Deep Impact(horse) 20051023 3.jpg
Deep Impact winning Kikka Sho 2005 on October 23
Sire Sunday Silence
Grandsire Halo
Dam Wind in Her Hair
Damsire Alzao
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2002
Country Japan
Colour Bay
Breeder Northern Farm
Owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co.
Trainer Yasuo Ikee
Record 14: 12-1-0
Earnings 1,454,551,000 Yen
Major wins
Tokyo Yushun (2005)
Satsuki Sho (2005)
Kikuka Sho (2005)
Tenno Sho (Spring) (2006)
Takarazuka Kinen (2006)
Japan Cup (2006)
Arima Kinen (2006)
Awards
JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (2005)
Japanese Horse of the Year (2005, 2006)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (2006)
Honours
Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (2008)
Last updated on May 9, 2008

Deep Impact (Japanese : ディープインパクト, March 25, 2002 - ) is a champion Japanese racehorse that won seven Japanese Domestic Grade 1 races, including all races of Japanese Triple Crown (Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun and Kikuka Sho).

Background[edit]

Deep Impact's sire Sunday Silence took over from perennial Japanese leading sire Northern Taste(10 time leading sire in Japan) and was leading sire in Japan 12 times. His dam, Wind In Her Hair, herself a Group One winner, finished second in the Epsom Oaks to super-filly Balanchine and was out of Burghclere, a daughter of dual-Classic winner Highclere, who was owned and bred by Queen Elizabeth II. Burghclere in turn was a three-quarters sister to top filly Height Of Fashion, sold by the Queen to Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and subsequently the dam of Epsom Derby winner Nashwan, leading sire Unfuwain and multiple Group One winner Nayef.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Deep Impact was defeated by Heart's Cry in the 2005 Arima Kinen, suffering his first of two losses (the other was a 3rd place finish in the 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but was later disqualified to last place due to a positive drug test.)

Deep Impact won over Admire Japan by two lengths in Kikuka Sho on 23 October 2005, thereby becoming the first horse since Narita Brian 11 years earlier to complete the Japanese Triple crown. He also became the first unbeaten Japanese Triple crown winner since Symboli Rudolf 21 years earlier, but in his next race, Arima Kinen, Deep Impact was defeated by Heart's Cry to suffer his first loss in his racing career.

In 2006 Deep Impact returned to the turf with an easy victory in the Hanshin Daishōten (Jpn-GII). Then he won the Tenno Sho (spring), beating the world record for a 3200 meter race in the time of (3'13"4), following this with a victory in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1 - 2200m). In October, he raced in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr - Group 1 - 2400m), but finished third. He was heavy favourite for the race, and 1,587,263 € (about $1,238,000) was bet on him in France (especially by many of the Japanese fans that traveled to the racecourse). Two weeks later, news from France Galop revealed Deep Impact was positive tested to Ipratropium. Connections announced the colt would retire to stud after that season in a syndication deal worth 5.1 billion yen. Deep Impact retired after he won Japan Cup and Arima Kinen.

Wins
  • 2005 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (Domestic G2), Nakayama Turf 2000m
  • 2005 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (Domestic G1), Nakayama Turf 2000m
  • 2005 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Domestic G1), Tokyo Turf 2400m
  • 2005 Kobe Shimbun Hai (Domestic G2), Hanshin Turf 2000m
  • 2005 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (Domestic G1), Kyoto Turf 3000m
  • 2006 Hanshin Daishoten (G2), Hanshin Turf 3000m
  • 2006 Tenno Sho (Spring) (Domestic G1), Kyoto Turf 3200m
  • 2006 Takarazuka Kinen (G1), Kyoto Turf 2200m
  • 2006 Japan Cup (G1), Tokyo Turf 2400m
  • 2006 Arima Kinen (Domestic G1), Nakayama Turf 2500m
Second
  • 2005 Arima Kinen (Domestic G1), Nakayama Turf 2500m
Finished Third
But was disqualified to last place due to a positive drug test
Tenno Sho 2006 on April 30

Stud record[edit]

Deep Impact currently stands at the Shadai Stallion Station in Abira, Hokkaido, where he has become one of the country's leading sires.

Progeny[edit]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Deep Impact (JPN), bay stallion 2002[2]
Sire
Sunday Silence (USA)
1989
Halo (USA)
1969
Hail to Reason Turn-To
Nothirdchance
Cosmah Cosmic Bomb
Almahmoud
Wishing Well (USA)
1975
Understanding  Promised Land
Pretty Ways
Mountain Flower Montparnasse
Edel Weiss
Dam
Wind in Her Hair (IRE)
1991
Alzao (USA)
1980
Lyphard  Northern Dancer
Goofed
Lady Rebecca Sir Ivor
Pocahontas
Burghclere (GB)
1977
Busted Crepello
Sans Le Sou
Highclere Queen's Hussar
Highlight (Family 2-f)[3]

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