YEARS IN REVIEW: 1988 and 1989
On the human side of this equine sport, trainer D. WAYNE LUKAS continued to raise his own standard with yet another record year: earnings of $17,845,352 including 81 stakes victories highlighted by the stable's first Kentucky Derby win and victories in 3-of-7 Breeders' Cup races; JOSE SANTOS was the year's leading rider.
1988 marked the return of the private stable in American racing as Ogden Phipps' operation produced 34 wins from just 86 starts with two champions.
The revolutionary all-weather racing surface - Equitrack and aerodynamic racing silks were introduced and a record number of Thoroughbreds (5) earned over $2 million at the races: GREAT COMMUNICATOR, SUNSHINE FOREVER, FORTY NINER, SEEKING THE GOLD and ALYSHEBA.
Brief racing clips (mostly stretch drives) from racings biggest races in 1988 are shown featuring ALYSHEBA, FERDINAND, BRIAN'S TIME, PRIVATE TERMS, RISEN STAR, WINNING COLORS, LOST CODE, CRYPTOCLEARANCE, GULCH, JIM'S ORBIT, BET TWICE, PERSONAL ENSIGN, SEEKING THE GOLD, CUTLASS REALITY, GOODBYE HALO, PERSONAL FLAG, KING SWAN, WAQUOIT, CRÃˆME FRECHE, KING GLORIOUS, FORTY NINER, MILL THE NATIVE, PRECISIONIST, SUNSHINE FOREVER, EASY GOER, MINING, SLEW CITY SLEW, OPEN MIND, MIESQUE, IS IT TRUE and GREAT COMMUNICATOR.
Two of racing's rising stars were also prematurely retired due to injuries: RISEN STAR and LOST CODE - see rare retirement footage of RISEN STAR at Walmac Farm.
The decade of the 1980's would come to a close without a single Thoroughbred realizing racings ultimate classic dream; a sweep of the Triple Crown races. 1989 would produce the decade's third Triple Crown opportunity; that really wasn't a surprise - many expected 1989 to finally be a Triple Crown year - the surprise was the colt that had the opportunity. It was supposed to be the superstar from the East...EASY GOER, the Champion Juvenile of 1988, regally owned and bred by distinguished Ogden Phipps. The big handsome son of ALYDAR would command the majority of 1989's racing headlines even on a day he wasn't running in the featured event. His Triple Crown clashes with SUNDAY SILENCE would prove legendary as their Preakness would end up with the honor of being the decade's most thrilling race.
Brief racing clips (mostly stretch drives) from racings biggest races in 1989 are shown featuring EASY GOER, SUNDAY SILENCE, HOUSTON, GOODBYE HALO, BAYAKOA, MARSHALL LAW, CRYPTOCLEARANCE, WESTERN PLAYBOY, BLUSHING JOHN, SEEKING THE GOLD, OPEN MIND, GORGEOUS, SAFELY KEPT, PRIVATE TERMS, KING GLORIOUS, AWE INSPIRING, WITH APPROVAL, SUMMER SQUALL, PROPER REALITY, SIMPLY MAJESTIC, STEINLEN, PRIZED, HAWKSTER, DANCING SPREE, GO FOR WAND, RHYTHM and GRAND CANYON.
Big stories of 1989 include ANGEL CORDERO winning his thirteenth straight Saratoga riding title for the last fourteen years; Canada crowning its first Triple Crown winner in 26 years - WITH APPROVAL; and with the Horse-of-the-Year title on the line, SUNDAY SILENCE finally received the recognition he deserved beating EASY GOER for the third time in four meetings in the '89 Breeders' Cup Classic.
The decade of the 1980's ended on a sad note with the loss of a legend...the death of America's most famous and beloved racehorse - SECRETARIAT; a touching tribute is shown in remembrance of him.
An overview of racings biggest stories for 1988 and 1989 - the moments and the memories can be yours!
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