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WHAT HORSE WON THE FIRST BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC RACE HOSTED BY GULFSTREAM PARK?
After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1989, Sunday Silence was set to join Affirmed in the history books as Triple Crown winner, if he could complete the set with a win in the Belmont Stakes. His goal was spoiled when Easy Goer bested him in the Belmont Stakes. Four months later the two would hook-up in the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Although the Cup was being held for the sixth time, it was the first time Gulfstream Park would host the event. It later hosted the event in 1992 and 1999 before Gulfstream Park was totally renovated. Sunday Silence evened the score by beating Easy Goer by about a neck in last second of the race. The win over Easy Goer (son of Alydar) seemingly nailed down the 3-year-old Horse of the Year and Horse of the Year for 1989.