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Stay Gold (horse)

Stay Gold
December 26, 1999, in Nakayama Racecourse
Sire Sunday Silence
Dam Golden Sash
Grandsire Halo
Damsire Dictus
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1994
Country Japan
Color Black/Brown
Breeder Shiraoi Farm
Owner Shadai Racehorse Co
Trainer Yasuo Ikee
Record 50: 7-12-8
Earnings 1,037,473,000 yen
Stay Gold
ステイゴールド is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Golden Sash by Sunday Silence. He was born around 1994 in Japan, and was bred by Shiraoi Farm.
Major wins
Dubai Sheema Classic (2001)
Hong Kong Vase (2001)
JRA Special Award (2001)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 6, 2010

Stay Goldステイゴールド, Mar 24, 1994 - )was a Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by Sunday Silence with the dam Golden Sash (sire Dictus).


Early years

He made his debut at Hanshin Racecourse on December 1, 1996. However, he cannot readily win, and it was the back from a debut for half a year that won for the first time.

On September 7, 1997, he won by a low-class race that "Lake Akan-ko special(阿寒湖特別)". However, since this victory, he was not able to win a race more than two years.

Silver Collector

In 1998, he entered in Diamond Stakes, and finished second. He earned enough purse to be able to enter in the Tenno Sho(Spring) in this race. It ended finished second. Afterwards, he continued challenging to big races. But he was defeated by narrow margin by any races.

Until April, 2000, he entered in Takarazuka Kinen, Arima Kinen, Tenno Sho(Autumn), and in addition, a lot of great races. However, the nothing was able to win. He get 9 Places and 7 Shows by a lot of races instead.

Therefore he didn't get the title of winner of the graded races, but made a lot of prize money. He was counted by one of the then skilled players. His title was "Major Racing Wins: Lake Akan-ko special" all the time, but got many nicknames than it. He was called "A successor of the Nice Nature[1]", "Staying in front of gold", and "Silver Collector".

The biggest victory

In May 20, 2000, He was ridden by Yutaka Take and entered Meguro Kinen. He obtained victory for the first time in 2 years 8 months by this race. Many fans blessed this victory and expected his further victory. However, he was not able to win besides this in this year.

In 2001, he won by Nikkei Shinshun Hai that was the first match of the year. It was Dubai Sheema Classic(UAE-G2:then) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, Dubai that he entered next. Fantastic Light which was the World Series Racing Championship series champion of the last year entered in this race. Fantastic Light was going to almost make a goal. But, Stay Gold caught up with him with the terrible speed and defeated him in a little lead. It was the first victory out of Japan for Sunday Silence's progeny.

In autumn, he confronted two of them of T M Opera O and Narita Top Road in Kyoto Daishoten and defeated them. But Stay Gold has been disqualified because Stay Gold clashed with Narita Top Road during a race and had failed a Narita Top Road's jockey.

His last run was Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong. Stay Gold overtook Ekraar which neared a goal earlier with the terrible speed (Just after a race, Yutaka Take who rode him told, "Wings grew on his back".), and he was able to obtain a big title by the last race for the first time. The end of the year, Japan Racing Association gave him JRA Special Award, because he became the overseas G1 race winner in first time of the racehorse bred by Japanese farms[2].

In January 20, 2002, The Stay Gold's retirement ceremony was performed at Kyoto Racecourse.

His Progeny

When he was in Hong Kong, he wore a Zeichen written as "黄金旅程" by Chinese language. In Japanese language, this kanji word means "a golden itinerary". Most of his fans like this word. As for his progeny, sometimes was named after words about trip or travel. Dream Journey is one of them who won Grade 1 Arima Kinen, Takarazuka Kinen and Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes.

Other of his representative progeny;

  • Solid Platinum - Mermaid Stakes (G3)
  • Arco Senora - Niigata Kinen (G3), Fukushima Kinen (Jpn3[3])
  • Sunrise Max - Epsom Cup (G3), Chunichi Shimbun Hai (Jpn3)
  • Meine Ratsel - Rose Stakes (Jpn2), Fillies' Revue (Jpn2)


Pedigree of Stay Gold
Sunday Silence
1986 dkb/br. USA
1969 blk/br. USA
Hail to Reason Turn-To
Cosmah Cosmic Bomb
Wishing Well
1975 br. USA
Understanding  Promised Land
Pretty Ways
Mountain Flower Montparnasse
Edel Weiss
Golden Sash
1988 ch. Japan
1967 ch. France
Sanctus Fine Top
Doronic Worden
Dyna Sash
1979 b. Japan
Northern Taste Northern Dancer
Lady Victoria
Royal Sash Princely Gift
Sash of Honour F-No.1-t


  1. Nice Nature was a Japanese race horse. He won 6 graded races. However, He was known because any races usually finish third.
  2. The true "overseas G1 race winner in first time of the racehorse bred by Japanese farms" was Shiva (Tattersalls Gold Cup in 1999). But he was not intended for because he did not belong to JRA.
  3. Jpn is Japanese domestic grades since 2007.


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