manhattan cafe
manhattan cafe

Manhattan Cafe

(Photos : Oumanoshasin/Impereal)

MANHATTAN CAFE

Manhattan Cafe, a son of deceased leading Japanese sire Sunday Silence, heads the 2009 Japanese sires’ list by progeny earnings. His runners earned $27,791,565 according to the Japan Racing Association.

Remarkable as it might seem, Sunday Silence is the sire of the top three stallions on the list and 10 of the top 20. Agnes Tachyon, who headed the list in 2008, ranks second, and Dance In The Dark ranks third. Sunday Silence himself, who died in August 2002, ranks 28th. We take comfort from the fact that in the accomplished racehorse, Admire Main, Summerhill has the only son of Sunday Silence on the African continent.

Japanese-bred Manhattan Cafe, who is out of the Law Society mare Subtle Change and unusually these days, a winner of the Japanese Ledger Group 2, was represented by several graded stakes winners, including grade 1 winner Red Desire, who finished third in the Japan Cup (Jpn-1). Twelve-year-old Manhattan Cafe stands at the Yoshida family’s Shadai Stallion Station on the island of Hokkaido.

Shadai patriarch Zenya Yoshida purchased a quarter-interest in Sunday Silence after the Kentucky-bred son of Halo had been voted North America’s 1989 Horse Of The Year and Champion 3-year-old male. Yoshida later bought out his partners’ interest in Sunday Silence and sent him to Shadai for Stallion Duty.

TOP 20 STALLIONS IN JAPAN

2009

Sire

Earnings

1

Manhattan Cafe

Sunday Silence

$27,791,565

2

Agnes Tachyon

Sunday Silence

$24,804,196

3

Dance In The Dark

Sunday Silence

$24,702,435

4

Symboli Kris S

Kris S.

$24,249,924

5

Kurufune

French Deputy

$23,126,728

6

Special Week

Sunday Silence

$23,120,054

7

Fuji Kiseki

Sunday Silence

$22,952,674

8

King Kamehameha

Kingmambo

$18,715,935

9

Sakura Bakushin O

Sakura Yutaka O

$17,711,152

10

Tanino Gimlet

Brian’s Time

$17,398,054

11

Stay Gold

Sunday Silence

$16,940,467

12

French Deputy

Deputy Minister

$15,186,413

13

Neo Universe

Sunday Silence

$15,161,924

14

Brian’s Time

Roberto

$14,776,663

15

Taiki Shuttle

Devil’s Bag

$14,159,554

16

Jungle Pocket

Tony Bin

$14,075,565

17

Gold Allure

Sunday Silence

$13,770.576

18

Admire Vega

Sunday Silence

$12,966,707

19

Marvelous Sunday

Sunday Silence

$12,440,859

20

Grass Wonder

Silver Hawk

$12,391,609

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