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Deep Impact, Symboli Kris S, Daiwa Major, Neo Universe
Japanese stallions continue to duel through their progeny’s accomplishments for the title of successor to Sunday Silence as the nation’s predominant sire. Deep Impact, Symboli Kris S, Daiwa Major and Neo Universe, all have indicated they might at least vie for the crown.
Thoroughbred Daily News writes that Deep Impact has left his mark all over the Japan Racing Horse Association’s select sale for the second consecutive year. The Triple Crown winner generated about 20 percent of last year’s gross with his first crop, and has been connected to many high-priced horses this year, either by siring them or being related to them through the female family.
Horsemen generally believe that Deep Impact’s second crop appears to be superior to his first, said JRHA spokesman Naohiro Goda. Deep Impact is known for siring athletic and balanced offspring, many of whom have lovely heads and eyes.
Neo Universe is perhaps the stallion that horsemen are talking about the most. With two male Classic winners from his first crop and the final Japanese Classic race still to be run, this striking son of Sunday Silence already has accomplished something no other sire has been able to do in Japan. This year, Neo Universe covered about 250 mares at the Shadai Stallion Station, more than any other Japanese stallion. “He is such a fantastic stallion,” praised Teruya Yoshida, who runs the nation’s leading stud with his brothers and knows Sunday Silence’s sons as well as anyone. “His foals look so smart; they have a sharp expression and refined heads, and he’s good to mate with any kind of mares”.
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Deep Impact in the Japan Cup 2006