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Sired by Hall of Famer Alydar out of champion mare Relaxing by Hall of Famer Buckpasser, Easy Goer owned a most impressive pedigree – and he certainly lived up to his breeding.
An Ogden Phipps homebred, Easy Goer broke his maiden in his second career start during 1988 at Saratoga. He went on to win the Cowdin Stakes and Champagne Stakes that year to be named Champion 2-Year-Old Colt.
At 3, Easy Goer won his first three starts. In the Gotham Stakes, he narrowly missed breaking Hall of Famer Dr. Fager’s world record for the mile. Easy Goer’s sophomore campaign was highlighted by his rivalry with fellow Hall of Famer Sunday Silence. Easy Goer was defeated by Sunday Silence in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but Easy Goer exacted his revenge in the Belmont Stakes, winning by eight lengths in 2:26, a time bettered only by Hall of Famer Secretariat.
Easy Goer’s remarkable 3-year-old season also included victories in the Travers Stakes, Whitney Handicap, Woodward Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Returning at age 4 in 1990, Easy Goer added two victories in three starts, including a score in the Suburban Handicap, before a leg injury ended his career.
Easy Goer finished third in the 1990 Metropolitan Mile, marking the only time he did not finish either first or second. Easy Goer was beaten by a little more than a length, behind eventual Horse of the Year Criminal Type and two-time sprint champion Housebuster, while carrying considerably more weight than those two. In Easy Goer’s 20-race career, he was never defeated by more than 2½ lengths. He finished his career with a record of 14-5-1 from 20 starts and earnings of $4,873,770.
Following his retirement, Easy Goer had a brief stud career at Claiborne Farm. He died in 1994 of an allergic reaction to medication. Before his premature death, Easy Goer sired three Grade 1 winners, including Will’s Way, who followed in his sire’s footsteps with victories in both the Travers and Whitney.
Easy Goer was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1997.
Easy Goer winning the Belmont Stakes
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Easy Goer 1989 Belmont