08/23/2016 4:30PM

Deep Impact gets rare U.S. winner


Japanese supersire Deep Impact was represented by a rare winner in the U.S. on Friday, as Tale of Life won an allowance race at Saratoga.

During his own racing career, Deep Impact won Japan’s Triple Crown and was Horse of the Year twice. He has gone on to continue the legacy of his sire, the late Sunday Silence, in Japan, leading the nation’s sire standings three times, with 87 stakes winners and eight champions, including two-time Horse of the Year Gentildonna.

Deep Impact’s starters in the U.S. have been few and far between. Barocci, a winner in this country, finished third in the City of Hope Mile and American Handicap, both Grade 2 events, in 2013. Deep Impact is the broodmare sire of Lani, third in this year’s Belmont Stakes.

Tale of Life, a winner in France, came to the U.S. last summer and posted his first victory here this past April, winning a Keeneland allowance in a track-record time of 1:42.34 for 1 1/16 miles. The 4-year-old colt has not missed the board this year.

A homebred for the Niarchos family, Tale of Life is out of the Storm Cat mare Second Happiness, a daughter of champion and multiple stakes producer Miesque, whose offspring include Group 1 winner and prominent sire Kingmambo and French Oaks winner East of the Moon.

Second Happiness is the dam of three winners from five starters and delivered a full brother to Tale of Life last year. She produced a colt by international titan Galileo this year.

Tale of Life is trained by Graham Motion, who sent out another regally bred winner Saturday at Saratoga in My Meadowview Farms’s Sherini, a maiden winner in her fifth start. The Bernardini filly is out of the stakes-winning Unbridled mare Oatsee, making her a half-sister to 2011 Preakness Stakes and 2012 Metropolitan Handicap winner Shackleford.

In addition to Shackleford, who won or placed in 10 graded stakes, 2011 Broodmare of the Year Oatsee is the dam of Grade 1 winner Lady Joanne, Grade 2 winner Afleeting Lady, Grade 3 winner Baghdaria, stakes winner Stephanoatsee, and graded producers Grand Portege and Haysee. The mare has a juvenile filly from the first crop of Frankel, Avena, working regularly for Motion at his Fair Hill base in Maryland. Oatsee is the dam of a yearling Distorted Humor filly and delivered a Malibu Moon colt this year; she was bred back to Ghostzapper.