Deep Sound, a colt from the first crop of Japanese Triple Crown winner Deep Impact bred in Japan by Runnymede and longtime partner Peter Callahan, skipped to an impressive front-running victory in a $113,740 maiden test at Nakayama Racecourse on September 11.
Making his second start after a strong runner-up finish at Niigata on August 22 for owner Yuichi Masuda, Deep Sound drew off to win the 1,600-meter race on firm turf by two lengths in 1:36 with Hiroki Goto in the irons. Big Red Farm’s homebred Cosmo Thorn Park, a colt by Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Roses in May, was second.
Video of the race is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAMVj-RgnOE
Produced by the Danehill mare Josette, Deep Sound was offered by Runnymede as a foal still with his dam at the 2008 Japan Racing Horse Association select sale at the Northern Horse Park on the island of Hokkaido. Masuda purchased the bay colt at this unique auction for 33.5-million yen, the equivalent of $319,047.
In his first two starts, Deep Sound has earned more than $92,000 and has given every indication he will have a promising future.
“We’re very pleased with this win—he was a very nice foal,” said Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd of the flashy bay colt with four white stockings. “We are so glad he ended up in the good hands of Mr. Masuda.”
Josette is a young mare prized by Runnymede and Callahan, O’Dowd said, as she stems from the farm’s foundation family and her third dam is Runaway Bride, the dam of international sire Blushing Groom.
A winner in Ireland in 2004, the nine-year-old Josette also has produced Woodbine winner Helena Bay, a Johannesburg filly who raced for Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay and Callahan and now is a broodmare at Runnymede, and Japanese winner Sound Ballad, a colt by Singspiel purchased as a yearling by Masuda from Runnymede for $191,588 at the JRHA sale.
Josette also has a yearling filly by Deep Impact and a weanling filly by Fuji Kiseki. Both were sold by Runnymede as foals at the JRHA sale, with Kuniyoshi Hayashi purchasing the Deep Impact filly and top Japanese buyer and owner Takaya Shimakawa acquiring the Fuji Kiseki filly.
Runnymede was among the first international breeders to support Deep Impact in his stud career, having bred two mares to the stallion in his initial season at stud. Hunter’s Mark, a half sister to Japanese classic winner and leading sire King Kamehameha and to American Grade 1 winner The Deputy, also a produced a colt. Runnymede sold that colt as a foal to Hiroyuki Sonobe for $392,523 at the JRHA sale and he has been named Target Machine.
Deep Sound became the eighth winner for Deep Impact, according to Japan Bloodstock Information System records. The phenomenal two-time Horse of the Year currently stands atop Japan’s freshman sire list as well as ranking as Japan’s overall leading sire of two-year-olds.