09/14/2017 12:36PM

Deep Impact filly a buyback at Keeneland September

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Deep Impact's first yearling offered in the United States didn't meet her reserve in the Keeneland September yearling sale Monday.

American breeders showed little interest in dual classic winner and champion Sunday Silence at the conclusion of his racing career – and so, in a move that would eventually prove fortuitous for the son of Halo, he was sold to Japanese interests. Sunday Silence became a breed-shaping sire for the rising Japanese breeding industry, a perennial leading sire, sire of sires, and broodmare sire who has had an influence even 15 years after his death.

Few stallions have carried the banner for Sunday Silence as ably as two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact. After sweeping the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown and winning the 2006 Japan Cup, he became a leading sire in his own right. However, much as his sire was treated with skepticism by the American market, his first yearling ever offered in the U.S. got an underwhelming reception at the Keeneland September sale, failing to meet her reserve with a high bid of $285,000.

“We don’t get Deep Impacts in this country, ever,” said Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales, which consigned the filly. “I think it’s a good thing for Americans to see a really good example of Japan’s top stallion.”

The Kentucky-born filly was bred by Coolmore-associated Orpendale/Chelston, among a handful of international entities that has been able to get mares into Deep Impact’s Japanese-dominated book.

“I’m told by everyone who knows what a Deep Impact looks like that they’re not very big for the most part, and that this filly, even though she’s an average size for us, she’s a good size for a Deep Impact,” McDonald said.

Deep Impact’s only foal sold in the U.S. is multiple graded-stakes-placed Barocci, sold for $57,000 as a stallion prospect to Sweden’s Ravdansen Stud at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Deep Impact’s best runner has been Japan’s two-time Horse of the Year Gentildonna, who won the Filly Triple Crown and two editions of the Japan Cup. She also won the Sheema Classic in Dubai.

Deep Impact is the sire of Japanese Derby winners and champions Kizuna and Shonan Pandora; Japanese Oaks winners and champions Mikki Queen and Sinhalite; and champions Danon Platina, Harp Star, Joie de Vivre, Marialite, Mikki Isle, Satono Ares, Satono Diamond, and Shonan Adela. His Group 1 winners include a pair of Dubai Turf winners in Real Steel and Vivlos; A Shin Hakari, who scored his top-level victories in France and Hong Kong; and Real Impact, a Group 1 winner in Australia and Japan.