Seattle Slew

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Billy Turner Jr.
Jean Cruguet
B.S. Castleman
Dark Bay
United States
Foal Date
February 15, 1974
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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.

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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

Churchill Downs

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

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