In one of the most anticipated duels in Breeders’ Cup history, Sunday Silence held off Easy Goer by a neck to win the sixth running of the Classic at Gulfstream Park. The victory earned Sunday Silence 1989 Eclipse Awards as champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year in a campaign in which he defeated Easy Goer in three of four meetings. The victory was the third of nine in the Breeders’ Cup for Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and the last of two for Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham.
A winner at six tracks in his career, Sunday Silence won his first race in his second start on Nov. 13, 1988 at Hollywood Park. In addition to his Breeders’ Cup victory, Sunday Silence won five other Grade 1 races including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Sunday Silence was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.