152 For Deep Impact

Satono Flag victorious in Grade 2 at Nakayama.

DEEP IMPACT. Picture: Shadai Stallion Station

The Sakae Kunieda-trained Satono Flag (3 c ex Balada Sale by Not For Sale) won Sunday's Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho Deep Impact Kinen (Gr 2, 2000m) at Nakayama to provide the late Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) with his 152nd stakes winner. 

The Northern Farm-bred colt defeated Wakea (Heart's Cry) by one and three quarter lengths with another half-length back to Authority (Orfevre) in third. 

Now the winner of three of his four career starts, Satono Flag is out of the champion Argentinian mare Balada Sale (Not For Sale) who has produced four winners from as many named foals with the son of Deep Impact her only stakes winner to date. 

His second dam is La Balada (Confidential Talk), the dam of seven winners including the Grade 2 winner Le Blues (Roman Ruler) and his Grade 2 winning half-brother Liriope (Honour And Glory). 

Deep Impact sits at the head of the leading sires table in Japan by earnings and second in the table by winners behind South Vigorous (End Sweep). He has sired three Group 1 winners in Australia to date in Fierce Impact, Tosen Stardom and Real Impact who formerly shuttled to Arrowfield. 

Deep Impact, who stood at Shadai Stallion Station, died last July at the age of 17.

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