Eclipse Press

The Ugly Duckling Became a Swan

Lexington, KY January 25, 2002--Eclipse Press announces the publication of Sunday Silence, the twelfth book in the Thoroughbred Legends series.

Homely, sick, and bad-tempered, Sunday Silence started life with the odds stacked against him. It didn’t get any easier. 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 vanquished. Under the tutelage of legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, the near-black colt won the Kentucky Derby over the charismatic Easy Goer, then vanquished his rival again in the Preakness. Yet even after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Sunday Silence couldn’t get respect. Kentucky breeders wanted nothing to do with the horse, and Sunday Silence was sold to Japan. He since has become the most successful stallion in history.

In Sunday Silence, 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 Whittingham, who molded the colt’s career; and troubled jockey Patrick Valenzuela.

Ray Paulick is executive vice president and editorial director of The Blood-Horse, Inc., and editor-in-chief of the company’s flagship magazine. He also is editor of TBH MarketWatch, a twice-monthly newsletter for serious Thoroughbred investors, and he oversees the company’s custom publishing division. Sunday Silence is his first book.

Mr. Paulick has kindly donated his author fees to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped.

Published by Eclipse Press, January 2002.
ISBN: 1-58150-061-0
16-page photo well
Pages: 216, Bound Size: 6 x 8
Retail price: $24.95 Hardcover

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