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Sunday Silence: Racing's Hard Luck Hero    by Ray Paulick order for
Sunday Silence
by Ray Paulick
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Eclipse Press, 2009 (2002)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

From the time he was a colt Sunday Silence had the odds stacked against him. Not only did the little black horse nearly die from a mysterious illness in 1986 when he was eight months old, but he also survived a serious van accident about fourteen months later.

A skinny horse with plenty of attitude and one that no one really wanted, Sunday Silence seemed destined for a lackluster and short racing career. That all changed when trainer Charlie Whittingham took over.

When the three-year-old won the Kentucky Derby in 1989 there was still skepticism that he was a true champion. But a Breeder's Cup victory later in the season silenced most of the naysayers.

A gutsy colt who survived two potentially life ending episodes and then overcame numerous setbacks early in his career, this ugly duckling surprised a lot of racing experts during his life.

In a very entertaining and readable narrative, Thoroughbred racing journalist Ray Paulick recreates the ups and downs of a very remarkable horse. Sunday Silence was one of racing's hard luck heroes. He made his case and silenced his detractors the only way he possibly could - by winning nine of the fourteen races in which he was entered. In the five he didn't win, Sunday Silenced finished second!

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