Mention Deep Impact’s name to a Japanese horse racing fan and he will bow and ask how you have heard of him and if he is as famous to us as he is to them.
If you don’t mention him, your Japanese friend will ask you if you have heard of him. He is their pride and joy, Japan’s “superhorse”, and deservedly so.
A son of Sunday Silence (the number one sire in Japan until he died some years ago), Deep Impact is now standing stud at Shadai Stallion Station. All racing fans look forward to the appearance of his progeny.
Photo: Deep Impact winning the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) as a 4yo, in 2006, with regular rider Yutaka Take. Trainer Yasuo Ikee’s comments about Deep Impact after the race: “He looked as if he had just finished some intense training and was on his way back to the stables, rather than an important race. His breathing was calm. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by anything.”