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Deep Impact
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Deep Impact winning Kikuka Sho 2005 on October 23
Sire Sunday Silence
Grandsire Halo
Dam Wind in Her Hair
Damsire Alzao
Sex Stallion
Foaled (2002-03-25)25 March 2002
Died 30 July 2019(2019-07-30) (aged 17)
Country Japan
Colour Bay
Breeder Northern Farm
Owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co.
Trainer Yasuo Ikee
Record 14: 12–1–0
Earnings 1,454,551,000 Yen
Major wins
Yayoi Sho (2005)
Satsuki Sho (2005)
Tokyo Yushun (2005)
Kobe Shimbun Hai (2005)
Kikuka Sho (2005)
Tenno Sho (Spring) (2006)
Takarazuka Kinen (2006)
Japan Cup (2006)
Arima Kinen (2006)
JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (2005)
Japanese Horse of the Year (2005, 2006)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (2006)
Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (2008)
Yayoi Sho (Deep Impact Kinen)

Deep Impact (Japanese : ディープインパクト, March 25, 2002 – July 30, 2019) was a champion Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Japanese Triple Crown in 2005 and the Japan Cup in 2006, as well as three other Japan Grade One races.


Deep Impact's sire Sunday Silence took over from perennial Japanese leading sire Northern Taste (10 time leading sire in Japan) and was leading sire in Japan 12 times. His dam, Wind in Her Hair, a Group One winner, finished second in The 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.

Racing career

The Arima Kinen 2005
Deep Impact was defeated by Heart's Cry in the 2005 Arima Kinen, suffering his first of two losses (the other was a 3rd-place finish in the 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but was later disqualified to last place due to a positive drug test.)

2005: Three-Year-Old Season

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. He 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.

2006: Four-Year-Old Season

In 2006, Deep Impact returned to the turf with an easy victory in the Grade 2 Hanshin Daishōten.

Then he won the spring Tenno Sho, setting a new world record for a 3200-meter race in the time of (3'13"4)

He followed up with a victory in the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen over 2200m.

In October, he raced in France's most prestigious race, the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe over 2400m. 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). However he only finished third.

Two 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 then won the Japan Cup and Arima Kinen before being retired for stud.

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Tenno Sho 2006 on April 30


  • 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
  • 2006 Takarazuka Kinen (G1), Kyoto Turf 2200m
  • 2006 Japan Cup (G1), Tokyo Turf 2400m
  • 2006 Arima Kinen (Domestic G1), Nakayama Turf 2500m

Stud record

Deep Impact stood at the Shadai Stallion Station in Abira, Hokkaido, where he became one of the world's most dominant stallions. He was crowned Japanese Champion Sire for nine consecutive years from 2012 to 2020, and sired stars including Gentildonna, Real Steel, and A Shin Hikari. In 2020, his son Contrail completed the Japanese Triple Crown undefeated just like his sire. His last crop of runners include Auguste Rodin who is having success in Europe winning both the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby classics.

In addition, Deep Impact is also the damsire of Kiseki (2017 Kikuka Sho), Blowout (2021 First Lady Stakes), Geraldina (2022 QE II Cup), and Dolce More (2022 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes).

Notable progeny

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2008 Danon Shark c Mile Championship
2008 Marcellina f Oka Sho
2008 Real Impact c Yasuda Kinen, George Ryder Stakes
2008 Tosen Ra c Mile Championship
2009 Beauty Parlour f Poule d'Essai des Pouliches
2009 Deep Brillante c Tokyo Yushun (Derby)
2009 Gentildonna f Oka Sho, Yushun Himba, Shuka Sho, Japan Cup (twice), Sheema Classic, Arima Kinen
2009 Joie de Vivre f Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
2009 Spielberg c Kyoto Kimpai
2009 Extra End c Tenno Sho (Autumn)
2009 Verxina c Victoria Mile (twice)
2009 Red Kingdom c Nakayama Daishogai
2009 Decipher c Kinko Sho
2010 Ayusan f Oka Sho
2010 Kizuna c Tōkyō Yūshun
2010 Lachesis f Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup
2011 A Shin Hikari c Hong Kong Cup, Prix d'Ispahan
2011 Harp Star f Oka Sho
2011 Marialite f Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Takarazuka Kinen
2011 Mikki Isle c NHK Mile Cup, Mile Championship
2011 Satono Aladdin c Yasuda Kinen
2011 Shonan Pandora f Shuka Sho, Japan Cup
2011 Tosen Stardom c Toorak Handicap, Mackinnon Stakes
2012 Real Steel c Dubai Turf
2012 Danon Platina c Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes
2012 Mikki Queen f Yushun Himba, Shuka Sho
2012 Shonan Adela f Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
2013 Dee Majesty c Satsuki Shō
2013 Makahiki c Tokyo Yushun
2013 Sinhalite f Yushun Himba
2013 Vivlos f Shuka Sho, Dubai Turf
2013 Satono Diamond c Kikuka Sho, Arima Kinen
2013 Jour Polaire f Victoria Mile
2014 Cadenas c Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho
2014 Satono Ares c Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes
2014 Al Ain c Satsuki Shō, Ōsaka Hai
2014 Fierce Impact c Toorak Handicap, Cantala Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes
2015 Glory Vase c Hong Kong Vase (twice)
2015 Saxon Warrior c Racing Post Trophy, 2000 Guineas
2015 Danon Premium c Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes
2015 Keiai Nautique c NHK Mile Cup
2015 Wagnerian c Tokyo Yushun
2015 Study of Man (FRA) c Prix du Jockey Club
2015 Fierement c Kikuka Sho, Tenno Sho (spring) (twice)
2016 Danon Fantasy f Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
2016 Danon Kingly c Yasuda Kinen
2016 Gran Alegria f Oka Sho, Yasuda Kinen, Sprinters Stakes, Mile Championship (twice), Victoria Mile
2016 Loves Only You f Yushun Himba, Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Hong Kong Cup
2016 Roger Barows c Tokyo Yūshun
2016 World Premiere c Kikuka-shō, Tenno Sho (spring)
2017 Fancy Blue (IRL) f Prix de Diane, Nassau Stakes
2017 Contrail c Hopeful Stakes, Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun, Kikuka Sho, Japan Cup
2017 Lei Papale f Ōsaka Hai
2017 Potager c Ōsaka Hai
2018 Akaitorino Musume f Shuka Sho
2018 Glint Of Hope (AUS) f Australasian Oaks
2018 Profondo (AUS) c Spring Champion Stakes
2018 Shahryar c Tokyo Yushun, Dubai Sheema Classic
2018 Snowfall f Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks
2019 Justin Palace c Tenno Sho
2019 Killer Ability c Hopeful Stakes
2019 Ask Victor More [ja] c Kikuka Sho
2020 Auguste Rodin c Vertem Futurity Trophy, Epsom Derby, Irish Derby


On 30 July 2019, Deep Impact died. The 2019 Japan Cup was named the Deep Impact Memorial.

See also

  • List of historical horses

See also

  • List of leading Thoroughbred racehorses
  • St Lite (Japanese first Triple crown in 1941)
  • Shinzan (Japanese Triple crown in 1964)
  • Mr. C.B. (Japanese Triple crown in 1983)
  • Symboli Rudolf (Japanese first undefeated Triple crown in 1984)
  • Narita Brian (Japanese Triple crown in 1994)
  • Orfevre (Japanese Triple crown in 2011)
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