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Deep Impact (horse)

Deep Impact
Deep Impact winning Kikka Sho 2005 on October 23
Sire Sunday Silence
Dam Wind in Her Hair
Grandsire Halo
Damsire Alzao
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2002
Country Japan
Color Bay
Breeder Northern Farm
Owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co.
Trainer Yasuo Ikee
Record 14: 12-1-0
Earnings 1,454,551,000 Yen
Deep Impact is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Wind in Her Hair by Sunday Silence. He was born around 2002 in Japan, and was bred by Northern Farm.
Major wins
Tokyo Yushun (2005)
Satsuki Sho (2005)
Kikuka Sho (2005)
Tenno Sho (Spring) (2006)
Takarazuka Kinen (2006)
Japan Cup (2006)
Arima Kinen (2006)
Japanese Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (2005)
Japanese Horse of the Year (2005, 2006)
Japanese Champion Older Colt or Horse (2006)
Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (2008)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 9, 2008

Deep Impact (Japanese : ディープインパクト, Chinese: 大震撼, March 25, 2002 - ) is a champion Japanese racehorse that won seven Japanese Domestic Grade 1 races, including all races of Japanese Triple Crown (Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun and Kikuka Sho).

Racing career

File:The Arima Kinen 2005.jpg
Deep Impact was defeated by Heart's Cry in the 2005 Arima Kinen, suffering his first of two losses (the other was a disqualification in the 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, finishing 3rd to Rail Link)

Deep Impact won over Admire Japan by two lengths in Kikuka Sho on 23 October 2005, thereby becoming the first horse since Narita Brian 11 years earlier to complete the Japanese Triple crown. Deep Impact also became the first unbeaten Japanese Triple crown winner since Symboli Rudolf 21 years earlier, but in his next race, Arima Kinen, Deep Impact was defeated by Heart's Cry to suffer his first loss in his racing career.

In 2006 Deep Impact returned to the turf with an easy victory in the Hanshin Daishōten (Jpn-GII). Then he won the Tenno Sho (spring) in spectacular form smashing the world record for a 3200 meter race in the remarkable time of (3'13"4), following this with a victory in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1 - 2200m). In October, he raced in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr - Group 1 - 2400m) , but finished third. He was heavy favourite for the race, and 1,587,263 € (about $1,238,000) was bet on him in France (especially by many of the Japanese fans that traveled to the racecourse). But 2 weeks later, news from France Galop revealed Deep Impact was positive tested to Ipratropium. Connections announced the colt would retire to stud after that season in a syndication deal worth 5.1 billion yen. Deep Impact retired after he won Japan Cup and Arima Kinen.


  • 2005 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (Domestic G2), Nakayama Turf 2000m
  • 2005 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (Domestic G1), Nakayama Turf 2000m
  • 2005 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Domestic G1), Tokyo Turf 2400m
  • 2005 Kobe Shimbun Hai (Domestic G2), Hanshin Turf 2000m
  • 2005 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (Domestic G1), Kyoto Turf 3000m
  • 2006 Hanshin Daishoten (G2), Hanshin Turf 3000m
  • 2006 Tenno Sho (Spring) (Domestic G1), Kyoto Turf 3200m


  • 2005 Arima Kinen (Domestic G1), Nakayama Turf 2500m


Finished third.
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Tenno Sho 2006 on April 30


Complementing his spectacular exploits on the racecourse, Deep Impact has a truly splendid pedigree. His late sire Sunday Silence single-handedly reconfigured the Japanese bloodstock industry and propelled it into the global premier league. His dam, Wind In Her Hair, herself a Group One winner, finished second in the Epsom Oaks to super-filly Balanchine and was out of Burghclere, a daughter of dual-Classic winner Highclere, who was owned and bred by Queen Elizabeth II. Burghclere in turn was a three-quarters sister to top filly Height Of Fashion, sold by the Queen to Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and subsequently the dam of Epsom Derby winner Nashwan, leading sire Unfuwain and multiple Group One winner Nayef. In other words, a female tail-line packed with superstars who were tough horses that stood their racing well.

Pedigree of Deep Impact
Sunday Silence 
Halo Hail to Reason Turn-To
Cosmah Cosmic Bomb
Wishing Well Understanding  Promised Land
Pretty Ways
Mountain Flower Montparnasse
Edel Weiss
Wind in Her Hair
Alzao  Lyphard  Northern Dancer
Lady Rebecca Sir Ivor
Burghclere Busted Crepello
Sans Le Sou
Highclere Queen's Hussar

See also

  • St Lite (Japanese first Triple crown in 1941)
  • Shinzan (Japanese Triple crown in 1964)
  • Mr. C.B. (Japanese Triple crown in 1983)


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