02/05/2015 4:57PM

Japanese sire Stay Gold dies at age 21


Stay Gold, a multiple Group 1 winner and sire of Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre, has died at age 21, Racing Post reports.

The son of Sunday Silence resided at Big Red Farm in Japan, sharing the stud barn with dual classic winner I’ll Have Another and Dubai World Cup winner Roses in May. He stood the 2014 breeding season for an advertised fee of $68,126 (8 million Japanese yen).

Bred in Japan by Shiraoi Farm, Stay Gold was a top runner across the Asian continent for owner Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd. and trainer Yasuo Ikee, winning seven of 50 starts for earnings of $8,682,142. He raced the bulk of his career in Japan, where he won the Group 2 Kikkei Shinshun Hai Handicap and the Meguro Kinen, and placed in six Group 1 races.

Stay Gold’s campaign became more ambitious in 2001 at age seven, when he traveled to the U.A.E. to win the Group 2 Dubai Sheema Classic and went to Hong Kong to take the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase in his final career start.

Retired to stud in 2002, Stay Gold has sired 11 crops of racing age, with 521 winners and combined progeny earnings of $171,019,053.

His 20 group stakes winners are led by 2011 Japanese Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Orfevre, who also won two editions of the Group 2 Prix Foy in France and finished second in consecutive runnings of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2012 and 2013.

Stay Gold’s other top runners include Japanese champions Gold Ship, Dream Journey, Nakayama Festa, Red Reveur, as well as Group 1 winners Fenomeno, El Dorado,