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They kept talking about how good Zilzal was behaving and I was thinking yeah we'll see.
Then here comes the big kick-me of the 1989 Cup when I watched Sabona run so well and knowing that Prized had been working with him. I think this is also the race where they talk about the European mare that they thought someone zapped her from the grandstand during a race over there.
I still contend that the shower that hit the track did Easy Goer in. He won on off tracks but not against Sunday Silence and everybody knows Easy Goer didn't even like a track that had been spit on. Then he ducked in, then the tight turns. But that's horse racing Sunday Silence could handle all those things and that makes champions and that he was.
Some great horses have a nemesis. Even Citation had Noor. Alydar had Affirmed. And Easy Goer had Sunday Silence, although I still think the difference between these two is very slim. Easy Goer could have won the Preakness, and if I remember correctly, he seemed almost pinned along the rail as he and Sunday Silence were coming home. It almost looks like Easy Goer had so little room that he was running slightly sideways.
And maybe in the Breeders' Cup, he was too far back for too long, and if he'd been a bit closer, who knows? I don't remember exactly the situation but I'll see it again tonight; to my dismay. Easy Goer was gaining on Sunday Silence, but the latter had a powerful turn of foot, great acceleration and he kept getting away.
I read this article several months ago when I was studying Easy Goer and I've posted the link below. It's an excellent commentary by Steven Crist in "The New York Times".
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/07/sport ... oer&st=nyt
Clover Stables and Meadowbrook Farms Prized won the BC Turf on his first race on turf. That is a remarkable training feat by Neil Drysdale as he
beat CalTech, El Senor, Star Lift, Ile De Chyrpe, Lady in Silver, Behera among others.
I think that race was won and lost on the far turn. At that point Easy Goer was just about ready to hook up with Sunday Silence but then that horse accelerated and left Easy Goer behind. Sunday Silence was apparently more nimble and quick footed and could negotiate the turns better than perhaps the bigger, more powerful Easy Goer. The break, while not much of a problem, wasn't the best for Easy Goer either and maybe was a sign of things to come.
If the race had been at 12 furlongs instead of ten, Easy Goer, IMO, would have won.
By the way, Classy, I wanted to ask you if you still ride horses. Your experiences going bareback and also riding that Thoroughbred, must have been really wonderful!
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