April 23, 1989 |
Easy Goer answered another question yesterday, and he did it in his usual nonchalant fashion. In his only previous start around two turns, Easy Goer had been upset in his final race as a 2-year-old, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. "Now we don't have to worry about whether he can run two turns," trainer Shug McGaughey said after Easy Goer, a 1-10 favorite, played with five rivals in winning the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial at Aqueduct yesterday. The son of Alydar will leave Wednesday for Louisville, Ky., where he is favored to win the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Easy Goer, ridden by Pat Day, stalked the pace until a little more than a quarter-mile remained in the Wood, then took the lead and won by three lengths over Rock Point in 1:50 3/5. "Pat Day did a nice job - he set just behind the pace and let him finish up," McGaughey said.
April 9, 1989 |
Easy Goer, running the fastest mile ever in New York state, sailed past a badly outclassed field of four in the $250,000-added Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct yesterday, taking another easy step toward next month's Kentucky Derby. Last year's 2-year-old Kentucky homebred champion won by 13 lengths in running the mile in 1:32 2/5, a full second faster than the legendary Secretariat, who set the Gotham record here in 1973. Easy Goer is owned by Ogden Phipps. In only his second start of the season, Easy Goer missed Dr. Fager's 21- year-old world record for the distance by just one-fifth of a second.
August 21, 1990 |
Trainer Shug McGaughey won Saturday's Travers Stakes with Rhythm, but there is an empty stall in his barn, an empty spot in his heart. The Big Horse, Easy Goer, is gone, back home in Kentucky, where he will try to reproduce his greatness next year. This was going to be the year Easy Goer settled all his scores, made up for all the close losses, ran down all the horses in the stretch. Lingering ankle problems plagued the massive chestnut last year. Finally, the stress became too much, the X-rays brought bad news and Easy Goer was retired last month.
May 5, 1989 |
The entry of Easy Goer, owned by Ogden Phipps, and Awe Inspiring, owned by Ogden Mills Phipps, was made the 3-5 favorite against 14 opponents yesterday as entries were drawn for tomorrow's $759,200 Kentucky Derby. The 115th running of the Derby will be worth $584,200 to the winner, $100,000 for second, $50,000 for third and $25,000 for fourth. The race (Channel 6, 4:40 p.m.) will be simulcast to Garden State Park, Delaware Park, Atlantic City race course, Philadelphia Park and Penn National.
October 25, 1989 |
It will be Easy Goer, the 3-5 favorite, and Sunday Silence, the 2-1 second choice, clashing in a field of eight in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Gulfstream Park. The outcome of the 1 1/4-mile Classic will decide Horse of the Year honors for 1989. A total of 101 of the world's best thoroughbreds were pre-entered yesterday for the seven Breeders' Cup events. Since there is a limit of 14 horses for each race, several of them will not go postward on the sixth Breeders' Cup day. In addition to Easy Goer, the Belmont Stakes and Travers winner, and Sunday Silence, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, the Classic field will consist of Present Value, 4-1; Cryptoclearance, 5-1; Mi Selecto, 5-1; Blushing John, 8-1; Western Playboy, 10-1, and Slew City Slew, 20-1.
August 21, 1989 |
When Easy Goer races now, it's a happening. He runs as much for his fans as against his opponents. Saturday, a near-record Travers Stakes throng pressed against the barricades to get a glimpse of its hero on the way to be saddled, in the tree-lined paddock and on the track. There were no disappointments. Easy Goer is housed in an area of Saratoga so far removed from the main stable area that it is called Oklahoma. The Phipps Stable horses are at the far corner of the distant reaches of Oklahoma.
April 24, 1989 |
As Easy Goer came charging into Aqueduct's paddock late Saturday afternoon, the chilling mid-April wind blowing off Jamaica Bay froze the scene. The Kentucky Derby favorite, minutes before his final tuneup in the Wood Memorial, was breathing fire. He charged down the little slope to the saddling area. Then, Easy Goer was led into his stall, where he calmed down instantly, seemingly aware that he soon would get his chance to expend some of that pent- up energy. One minute, Easy Goer has the look of a wild horse.
August 18, 1989 |
The promise of winter gave way to the anguish of spring. Those spring failures have given way to a summertime of fulfillment and the promise of more to come. Easy Goer's time was supposed to be the Triple Crown. It didn't happen until the last possible moment, but the Belmont Stakes explosion happened and it's still happening. Easy Goer was America's horse before the Triple Crown. Many abandoned ship after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but those who stayed aboard might be in for the ride of their lives.
May 6, 1989 |
When Kentucky Derby favorite Easy Goer finally emerges from the shadows of the Churchill Downs backstretch late this afternoon, he will be carrying the hopes and dreams of his aged owner Ogden Phipps, his young trainer Shug McGaughey and his veteran jockey Pat Day. As Easy Goer makes the long walk around the clubhouse turn to the teeming paddock behind the overflowing grandstand, the colt's biggest fan will be nearby. Mary Jane McGaughey, Shug's wife, was Easy Goer's exercise rider.
June 9, 1989 |
The Belmont Stakes will start Saturday afternoon just as the Preakness ended three weeks ago - with the two favorites side by side. Sunday Silence, who needs to win the Belmont to become only the 12th Triple Crown winner, drew Gate 6, and his chief rival, Easy Goer, drew Gate 7 at yesterday's traditional breakfast draw. The trainers for both colts said it was perfect. "He's quick out of the gate, Shug, so you'd better look out," Sunday Silence's trainer, Charlie Whittingham, said to Shug McGaughey, trainer of Easy Goer.