As a racehorse and physical specimen, Japanese triple crown hero Deep Impact was the opposite of Tiznow and the Man o’ War strain of tall, rangy, front-running types of the Relaunch branch described in the post below this one. Deep Impact was maybe 15.3-hands as a runner, and his compact build was more reminiscent of broodmare sire Alzao’s Lyphard line of Northern Dancer. And in racing style, Deep Impact was known for his Zenyatta-ish finishes from well off the pace.
From Sunday Silence’s penultimate crop, Deep Impact is quickly becoming his sire’s heir apparent for Shadai Farm (Yoshidas), even though several sons of Sunday Silence—the late Agnes Tachyon, Fuji Kiseki, Special Week, Manhattan Cafe, Neo Universe, Gold Allure, and Stay Gold (sire of 2011 Japan triple crown winner Orfevre) among others—have made their marks. Already the sire of three Group 1 winners from his first two crops (4 and 3 this year), Deep Impact has sired an eye-opening six Group winners in 2012 to date in Japan, including the first three in a Group 3 today and the first three in a Group 2 on February 5.
World Ace won the February 5 race at Kyoto in the same racing style that made his sire an idol in Japan, coming from far back with a furious finish. By many accounts, he’s one of the favorites for the 2000-meter Japanese Guineas after replicating the Kyoto finish on March 17 at Hanshin in a Japanese Listed race. He has now won three of his four starts. Videos of both races are below.
World Ace is out of German-bred Mandela, who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $1.4 million in foal to Mr. Greeley at the 2007 Keeneland November sale from the Three Chimneys consignment.
Mandela was third in the Group 1 German Oaks at 2200 meters and also was stakes-placed in France and the US, where she was trained by Bobby Frankel. By German Derby winner Acatenango—the sire of the German-bred dam of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom—Mandela is a half-sister to the top-class Monsun colt Manduro. The latter was a champion in France, where he won the Ispahan and Marois, as well as the Prince of Wales’s in UK. He now stands at Darley’s Kildangan in Ireland and was represented by Group 1 winner Mandaean in 2011 from his first crop.
The Yoshida brothers Terry and Katsumi have been active the world over buying broodmares and broodmare prospects for Deep Impact and others, and some of their notable purchases include a half-interest in last year’s Arc-winning German-bred filly Danedream; French Oaks winner Sarafina; Chilean champion Belle Watling; and Argentine Oaks winner Balada Sale, expected to race next in the UAE Derby, etc.
Lately, German-bred mares or sires or families have been influential in the pedigrees of classic winners around the world, from Animal Kingdom to the Yoshida-bred 2010 Japanese Derby winner Eishin Flash to 2010 Indian Derby winner Jacqueline to the 2009 French Derby winner Le Havre to 2009 Epsom Derby winner Sea the Stars to 2009 Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory, among others.
World Ace on Feb. 5 at Kyoto. He is #9.
World Ace on March 17. He is #11 and comes from behind, wide.