Prized Looks to Upset Easy Goer in Gold Cup
Byline: The Associated Press
SO ATLANTA JOURNAL AND CONSTITUTION (ATJC)
(Copyright 1989 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
LP NEW YORK - Prized will try to provide a big surprise for the second time when he races against Easy Goer in the $1 million-added Jockey Club Gold Cup today at Belmont Park. Prized upset Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence in the Swaps July 23 at Hollywood Park. But he isn't necessarily the ain competition for Easy Goer, who has won four straight races, beginning with the Belmont Stakes.
TX Prized is the 5-to-1 early third choice for the 1 1/2-mile Gold Cup behind 3-5 Easy Goer and 4-1 Forever Silver. With a third win over older horses, Easy Goer could move close to $4 million in career earnings and one step closer to Horse of the Year honors.Only the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 4 at Gulfstream Park remains in his 1989 campaign. That race shapes up as a showdown with Sunday Silence. "He'll gallop (this morning)," said Shug McGaughey, Easy Goer's trainer. "Hopefully, he'll gallop (this) afternoon." Since finishing second to Sunday Silence in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Easy Goer has won the Belmont, plus the Whitney Handicap, the Travers and the Woodward Handicap against older horses. Prized will go into the 1 1/2-mile Gold Cup off a win in the Molson Million Sept. 10 at Woodbine in Toronto. That was the third victory in five starts this year for the colt, who is owned Jeff Siegel, a syndicated newspaper handicapper, and Barry Irwin, a former turf writer. Prized's earnings this year are $922,765, Forever Silver finished second to Easy Goer in the Whitney Handicap and the Woodward. Forever Silver won the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn Handicap July 22 at Belmont. Easy Goer and Prized each will carry 121 pounds on the weight-for- age conditions of the race. Forever Silver, Jack of Clubs, Impersonator, Cryptoclearance and Its Acedemic each will carry 126 pounds. If seven horses start, the race will be worth $1,099,000, with $659,400 to the winner. Briefly . . .* Young Mother, a 3-year-old French filly, and the Aga Khan's Aliysa are favorites in an unspectacular field for Sunday's 68th running of the $1.3 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Racetrack in Paris. Nineteen horses are entered in the turf race at a distance of a little more than 1 1/2 miles. The absence of Nashwan, until recently hailed as one of Europe's best race horses of the last decade, has thrown the field open. The British colt was unbeaten in six races, including the Epsom Derby, but then fare miserably in the Prix Niel in Paris last month, finishing third behind Golden Pheasant and French Glory.
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