Japan Racing Journal Feature Article: "Summary of Sires results 2014"
By Masayuki Ito, The Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA)
Deep Impact became the champion in the general ranking being unrivaled for three consecutive years.
[General Overall Sire Rankings]
In the general ranking in Japan, 2014, Deep Impact (sire: Sunday Silence (USA)) who has produced five generations over his career, became the champion sire way ahead of other sires for the third consecutive year.
Deep Impact enjoyed outstanding performance as a top ranking sire by producing brilliant race horses such as five-year old mare, Gentildonna, who was awarded The Horse of the Year JRA Awards by winning the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE, GI) and Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1), Harp Star who won the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) (G1), Spielberg who won the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1), and others. Offspring of Deep Impact including these three, won G1 titles for three consecutive weeks in the December JRA, and won ten G1 titles by ten different offspring delivered by different dams, producing astonishing performance, and further significant leaps are expected in addition to the present rock-solid position.
In second place in the Sires' ranking was King Kamehameha (sire: Kingmambo (USA)), who produced Hokko Tarumae who won three top class races such as the Champions Cup (G1) and Tokyo Daishoten (G1).
A sire who significantly enhanced his reputation was Heart's Cry (sire: Sunday Silence (USA)). His offspring, Just a Way, who won the Dubai Duty Free (UAE, G1) overseas, and won the Yasuda Kinen (G1) in Japan was rated at 130 pounds in the World's Best Racehorse rankings, enjoying the top rating. In the 3 year old classic races as well, his offspring, One and Only, won the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1), and Nuovo Record won the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1). Heart's Cry achieved the third highest carrier place, winning both of these two great races.
[General Two-Year-Old Sire Ranking]
In the Two-Year-Old ranking, Deep Impact became the champion for the fifth consecutive year since the debut year of his foals, and kept his exclusive status in this category. The two-year-old racehorse which earned the most was Danon Platina who won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1) and became the first G1 winner as a gray racehorse delivered from Deep Impact. In addition, Shonan Adela (from Deep Impact) won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) on a steady basis.
In second place was King Kamehameha same as in the overall category, who produced Let's Go Donki who came in second place in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) as an excellent foal, and Musee Sultan who won Niigata Nisai Stakes (G3), and others. In third place was Heart's Cry. Accordingly, the general Two-Year-Old Sires Ranking became the same as in the overall category. Bell Lapaf won the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes (G3).
[General First Crop Sire Ranking]
Though Harbinger (GB), (sire: Dansili (GB)) did not win the Graded races, he was tops increasing wins to 21 mainly in JRA races. Tosen Basil purchased at 141,750,000 yen in the Select Sale of 2012, earned the most by winning two races, the Maiden race and the Habotan Sho. Harbinger (GB) was 6th in the General Two-Year-Old Sires Ranking and showed an excellent performance. In second place was Kinshasa no Kiseki (AUS) whose sire, Fuji Kiseki, moved to the southern hemisphere. Delivered from him was Sappheiros who won the Principal races in NAR racing and even in the JRA came in second in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes (G2). Coming in third was Vermilion (sire: El Condor Pasa (USA)) who won 9 top class dirt races during his racing days. His foals ran excellently mainly in NAR races and won two Principal races so Vermilion placed third in the general ranking.
JRA = Japan Racing Association
NAR = National Association of Racing (Racing by Local Governments)