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Seattle Slew Racing News
The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year. The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships. The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.
Seattle Slew Profile
By James Scully
The first undefeated Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew was a popular dark bay who inspired “Slewmania” when posting convincing wins in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1977.
Purchased for only $17,500 at auction, Seattle Slew developed into a powerful front-runner after being an awkward-looking youngster. The son of Bold Reasoning was named champion 2-year-old following a three-race campaign that included a brilliant Champagne (G1) victory in stakes-record time. Seattle Slew overcame a slow start to capture the Kentucky Derby, rushing forward through traffic to contest a hot pace before rolling home unopposed.
Billy Turner trained and Jean Cruget rode the 1977 Horse of the Year for owners Mickey and Karen Taylor, and Jim and Sally Hill. His nine-race win streak came to an end 22 days after his wire-to-wire romp in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, shipping cross-country to Hollywood Park to finish a dull fourth in the Swaps (G1). Seattle Slew missed the rest of his 3-year-old season afterwards, and overcame a viral infection early at age 4.
Doug Peterson and Angel Cordero Jr. took over training and riding duties in 1978, and Seattle Slew won three of his final four starts, beating Triple Crown winner Affirmed in both meetings. In the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), he dueled Affirmed into submission before passed by Exceller, who charged past into a clear lead. Seattle Slew dramatically re-rallied to fall a nose short, and it’s considered to be the greatest performance in defeat in American Thoroughbred history.
Stakes Win History
|1st||Stuyvesant Handicap||III||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||`Nov 11,1978|
|1st||Woodward||I||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Sep 30,1978|
|1st||Marlboro Cup||I||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Sep 16, 1978|
|1st||Belmont Stakes||I||1 1/2 Miles||Dirt||Jun 11, 1977|
|1st||Preakness Stakes||I||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||May 21, 1977|
|1st||Kentucky Derby||I||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||May 7, 1977|
|1st||Wood Memorial||I||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Apr 23, 1977|
|1st||Flamingo||I||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Mar 26, 1977|
|1st||Champagne||I||1 Mile||Dirt||Oct 16,1976|
*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win