However, the van accident kept Sunday Silence in California. Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham bought a half share of the colt and then sold half of that to Dr. Although Sunday Silence showed ability, he didn't make it to the races until late in his two-year-old season, finishing second in a maiden race, then winning a maiden special weight race and finishing second in an allowance race from three starts.
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Sunday Silence began his three-year-old year by winning an allowance race. Sunday Silence came up dead lame after a gallop 7 days before the race. Trainer Whittingham contacted well-known Kentucky veterinarian Dr. Harthill diagnosed a bruise under the sole, a common injury that "wasn't a serious problem but it had happened at a serious time. Ric Redden of Lexington, Ky. Redden and his assistant then flew via rented jet to Baltimore with the bar shoes and x-ray machine to confirm that no fracture was involved.
After the shoes were fitted, Sunday Silence resumed training 4 days before the race. After his connections saw the colt's "remarkably" rapid recovery from the injury, the bar shoes were removed the day before the race. Meanwhile, at his rival's stable, throughout Preakness week as late as Friday, the day before the race , Easy Goer's front feet were being soaked in tubs of Epsom salts due to small scratches or cracks on both heels. An ultrasound was also performed on his ankles and knees. Some wondered if these ailments could compromise the chances of both horses. Trainer Thad Ackel trained Breeders' Cup Turf winner Great Communicator stated, "Easy Goer has got a couple of osselets enlargements of the fetlock joints usually caused by excess fluid , and it looked to me like there's come calcification there.
I was surprised that such a good horse could have ankles like that. Sunday Silence again prevailed over his arch-rival, this time by a nose, in a head-and-head battle down the home stretch. Day, who lodged a failed objection against Valenzuela, has called his ride "a mistake.
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During that era, New York was the only state in America that banned all race-day drugs and medications; New York didn't allow horses to race on any drugs, while the rest of the country did. Easy Goer defeated Sunday Silence by eight lengths in the time of 2: The contest was expected to decide the winner of the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.
Sunday Silence was the post time 2: In the early part of the race, Easy Goer was 11 lengths behind the leader early and about 6 lengths behind Sunday Silence. Sunday Silence was 5 lengths behind the leader in the early part of the race. Daily Racing Form chart caller noted that Sunday Silence "went after Blushing John approaching the stretch, headed that rival just inside the final furlong, lugged in slightly while edging away and turned back Easy Goer under good handling and Won driving" to win by a neck over Easy Goer.
For the latter award, Sunday Silence received of votes, making him the most decisive winner since John Henry eight years earlier. I still think Easy Goer had more pure, raw talent. In a few of his close defeats, Easy Goer had legitimate excuses: In the Classic, where Sunday Silence held him off by a neck, Easy Goer just missed, but left no one thinking it could not have gone the other way. Blood-Horse stated that its rankings "will generate debate for years to come.
However one views this list of horses, whether in peace and contentment — or shock and dismay — all such judgments, of course, are entirely subjective, a mixture of whim, wisdom, and whatever prejudices howl through the back of the mind. Since the Breeder's Cup Classic was instituted in , Alysheba and Sunday Silence were the only two horses to win three legs of a four-race sequence that was defined in as the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing: The Triple Crown races, plus the Breeders' Cup Classic, and the first horse to win three legs of the modern Grand Slam in the same year.
As the Breeders' Cup began after the Triple Crown win of Affirmed, the potential for a sweep of all four races only became possible in , and did not occur until when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown and eventually the Grand Slam. Sunday Silence flourished in Japan and became their leading sire from through ,  taking over from Northern Taste 10 time leading sire in Japan.
However, breeders were generally not successful expanding his influence outside of Japan. Descendants of Sunday Silence have broken many earnings records, mainly in Japan where the purses are significantly higher than the rest of the world. Many of Sunday Silence's sons have gone on to become successful breeding stallions, with at least sixteen of them siring Group or Grade I winners.
Sunday Silence died on August 19, He had been treated for laminitis for the previous 14 weeks and had developed an infection in one leg as well. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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But Sunday Silence refused to be beaten. Under the tutelage of legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, the near-black colt showed another facet of the stubborn resiliency that had charac Sunday Silence started life with the odds stacked against him.
Under the tutelage of legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, the near-black colt showed another facet of the stubborn resiliency that had characterized his early years. Sunday Silence hated to lose on the racetrack. Horse of the Year honors. But his struggle wasn't over. When an injury cut short his four-year-old season, Sunday Silence returned to his birthplace, Stone Farm in Kentucky to begin a stallion career. But Kentucky breeders wanted nothing to do with the horse. Thus, Sunday Silence was sold to Japan, where he since has become the most successful stallion in history.
Thoroughbred Legends 12, author Ray Paulick weaves the improbable tale of this gawky champion with the stories of Kentuckian Arthur Hancock, who ended up buying Sunday Silence by default; trainer Charlie Whittingham, who molded the colt's career; and troubled jockey Patrick Valenzuela.
Published first published October 19th