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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
Dance In The Dark
Symboli Kris S
Sakura Bakushin O
Sakura Yutaka O