Tough Sunday, Born Blind and Deaf, Continues to Defy the Odds

by | 01.11.2015 | 4:06pm

Three years ago, Tough Sunday was born blind and deaf after a difficult labor for his dam. A week after being rushed to a nearby clinic, with no signs of improvement, a life or death decision for the colt was placed in the hands of owner Nick Alexander. Alexander chose to save the newborn after the colt's eyes followed him as he walked past. “Wow, he can see,” Alexander thought.

The colt grew up, and in his third race, broke his maiden by more than six lengths. Now, the California-bred is pointing towards the $250,000 California Cup Derby Jan. 24.

“This guy, he's tough,” Alexander said in a story for the Pasadena Star-News. “This is the first time I've had a foal that was that badly compromised that went on to recover and become the quality of horse that he is.”

Tyler Baze, who guided Tough Sunday to his impressive first victory, will be aboard for the Cal Cup Derby.

“He's a beautiful horse,” he said. “I didn't really know his story until after the race, but he's a big powerful thing and he's special. I expect big things from him.”

Read more at the Pasadena Star-News

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