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Sunday Silence

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Sunday Silence started life with the odds stacked against him. He was still a youngster when his breeder decided to sell him, no one wanted to buy him, and a van accident nearly killed him. 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 characterized his early years. Sunday Silence hated to lose on the racetrack.
Yet, even after he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, defeating East Coast golden boy Easy Goer, Sunday Silence had to fight for respect. Only when he won the Breeders' Cup Classic in a heart-stopping finish over Easy Goer did Sunday Silence finally get his due: 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.

In Sunday Silence: 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.

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