Yoshida's first foal out of Gravata (GER) at one day old. Photo courtesy of Erin Wismer/WinStar.
WinStar Farm’s Yoshida (JPN), a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf, sired his first reported foal when a colt was born at WinStar on Saturday night, Jan. 9. Bred by Anastasie Astrid Christiansen-Croy, the bay colt, who arrived at 10:58 p.m., is out of the Monsun (GER) mare Gravata (GER) and hails from a family replete with black type.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the first Yoshida foal here at WinStar Farm on behalf of our client Ms. Christiansen-Croy,” said Liam O’Rourke, WinStar’s director of bloodstock services. “Yoshida has repatriated the Sunday Silence line to America and these foals represent the next generation of that world-class sire. Yoshida was an elite and versatile racehorse and will be strongly supported again in his second year at stud in 2021.”
A son of Heart’s Cry (JPN), one of the leading sires in Japan by dual Classic winner and influential sire Sunday Silence, Yoshida earned $2,505,770 in a sensational racing career for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and Head of Plains Partners. Trained by Bill Mott, Yoshida was a versatile four-time stakes winner on dirt and turf. He competed on three different continents and recorded five triple-digit Beyers over both surfaces—108, 106, 105, 103, and 102.
Yoshida won the $750,000 Woodward S. (G1) at Saratoga in his first career start on dirt, defeating five Grade 1 winners. That same year at four in 2018, he defeated eight Graded stakes winners, including three Grade 1 winners, in the $500,000 Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs. He also won the 2017 Hill Prince S. (G3) at Belmont and was named a TDN Rising Star in a stylish maiden-breaking win at Keeneland in his 3-year-old bow.
Bred in Japan by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Yoshida is the second foal produced from Hilda’s Passion, who captured the 2011 Ballerina S. (G1) at Saratoga before selling for $1.2 million at that year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Yoshida bred 148 mares in his first book in 2020 and he will stand the upcoming breeding season for $15,000 S&N. For more information about Yoshida, contact Liam O’Rourke, Olivia Desch, or Gareth Wigley at 859-873-1717, or visit WinStarFarm.com.