During his career, Deep Impact won 12 of 14 starts and earned more than $12.8 million. He was inducted into the JRA Hall of Fame in 2008.
“It was shocking to witness how easily he won the Triple Crown, and I am thankful for what he showed us,” said Deep Impact’s owner, Makoto Kaneko, after his death. “The most emotional moments were winning the Japan Cup and the Arima Kinen consecutively, after his loss in the Arc. Not many horses become stallions after their 4-year-old season, but he was also extremely successful as a stud.”
Part of what has kept Deep Impact in the minds of racing aficionados is his success as a stallion. He has been the leading sire in Japan since 2012, he has sired 16 champions as well as five Japanese Derby winners, and his daughter Gentildonna is the only horse to have won the Japan Cup twice. Two of his Derby winners, Wagnerian and Makahiki, will be among the multiple runners sired by Deep Impact contesting this year’s Japan Cup.
He has also sired major winners abroad, including in Australia, France, Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Last year, his son Saxon Warrior won the 2,000 Guineas in England, making him the favorite for the Investec Derby. As a result of his pedigree, the English Derby was broadcast live in Japan. Saxon Warrior placed fourth, but Study Of Man, another son of Deep Impact, won the French Derby the next day.
Although Deep Impact injured his neck earlier this year, his death was unexpected. Deep Impact stood at Shadai Stallion Station his entire stud career and was euthanized after a fracture was found in his cervical spine in July.
His final foals, of which there are expected to be about 20, will be born next year.