Turning it up to 11: Deep Impact to add yet another chapter
Three and a half years since his shock death, Deep Impact looks destined to add an 11th Japanese sires’ title to his resume when the season ends on December 31.
Deep Impact’s legacy is a topic that has been discussed countless times since it was announced on July 30, 2019 that the champion racehorse and stallion had died after complications due to neck surgery, aged 17.
A horse of a lifetime on the racetrack, Deep Impact incredibly emulated that impact from the breeding barn at Shadai Stallion Stallion, producing champion after champion and giving an unprecedented global profile to the Japanese thoroughbred industry.
On pure race results at least, his influence has diminished as his final crops have come through. 2022 represents his final, very select crop of two-year-olds after what was to prove his final season at stud was curtailed by that neck injury.
Six of the current Deep Impact two-year-olds are trained in Japan, two of which, the stakes-placed Open Fire and Mesmerizing, are already winners, while there are five trained in Europe, a list headed by Aidan O’Brien’s G1 Futurity Trophy Stakes winner Auguste Rodin.