Japanese Champion Stallion Deep Impact Dies

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Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)--Deep Impact, a Japanese triple crown racehorse and stallion that fathered many champion horses, died at the age of 17 on Tuesday, Shadai Stallion Station announced.

The champion stallion underwent surgery on his neck on Sunday. However, he suddenly became unable to stand up on Monday morning. On Tuesday, he was diagnosed with a cervical spine fracture and found to have no chance of recovery. He was later euthanized.

Jockeyed by Yutaka Take in all Grade One races, Deep Impact marked record-tying seven career G1 victories.

After ending his career in 2006, he was recognized as the leading sire, or the one whose offspring together earn the most prize money in horse racing in Japan in a year, in the seven straight years from 2012.

Making his debut in December 2004, Deep Impact became the second-ever racehorse, after Symboli Rudolf, to win three major G1 classic races--the Satsuki Sho, the Japanese Derby and the Kikuka Sho--in 2005, with no career defeat until then.

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