"Sunday Silence" Author Comments on News
of Horse's Death.
KY (Monday, August 19) -- Ray Paulick, author of the biography "Sunday
Silence," expressed his sadness regarding the news report of
the death of the legendary 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner
who passed away in Japan early Monday at the age of sixteen. "Sunday
Silence" was published earlier this year by Eclipse Press as
part of the "Thoroughbred Legends" series of books.
a frequent visitor to Japan who had seen Sunday Silence at Shadai
Stallion Station on numerous occasions, reflected on the horse,
saying, "Sunday Silence was an international superstar. American
racing fans remember his exciting duels with Easy Goer in the 1989
Triple Crown races and Breeders' Cup when he always seemed to be
the underdog. Japanese fans never saw him race but recognize him
as the most prolific sire in their history.
his first foals raced in 1994, Sunday Silence has completely dominated
the Japanese sire lists and rewritten the record books. In less
than 10 years, his offspring have earned the equivalent of over
$300 million in purses. By comparison, over a 20-year period, one
of our greatest sires, Seattle Slew, has about $75 million in earnings
from his sons and daughters.
is so popular in Japan that many fans of Sunday Silence wear hats,
shirts, jackets, neckties, and collect other souvenirs carrying
his distinctive blaze alone without any written words -- that white
on black blaze is as recognizable to racing fans there as the Nike
swoosh is to fans of other sports.
most of the great horses, Sunday Silence had a strong personality.
He was tough, hard to handle, always wanting to be the boss. At
Shadai, whenever they brought him out of his stall, he was a handful:
bucking, kicking, full of attitude. That's the way he was on the
racetrack, too. It doesn't surprise me that he fought such a valiant
fight at the end of his life."
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