Sunday Silence: Racing's Hard Luck Hero
Eclipse Press, 2009 (2002)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
rom 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.
skinny horse with plenty of
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.
hen 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.
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.
n 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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