Oklahoma stallion Slew the Coup, a member of the second crop of Seattle Slew, died Dec. 5 at age 24 of a ruptured intestine caused from complications from colic. He had stood at Paul Horton Farms near Hollis, Okla., since 1993.
Slew the Coup was bred by Seminole Syndicate and raced for Equusequity Stable, two outfits formed by Seattle Slew's owners, Karen and Mickey Taylor and Dr. Jim Hill and his wife, Sally. Slew the Coup won three of 10 races, placed in the Dwyer (gr. I) and Jim Dandy (gr. II) Stakes, and earned $90,734.
Slew the Coup not only possessed a solid race record, but also a pedigree similar to that of Seattle's Slew champion son, Slew o' Gold. Both were out of Buckpasser mares. Slew the Coup, whose dam was Evasive, joined Seattle Slew's grade I-winning son Slewpy at Wooden Horse Farm near Reddick, Fla.
Slew the Coup sired a total of 13 runners that won or placed in stakes and the earners of $4.5 million. He covered about 10 mares this year and all got in foal. His older full brother, Slewacide, who was a leading Oklahoma leading sire, died in 2000.