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Slew o' Gold
March 5, 1983
Slew o' Gold at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Downs seemed an unusual place for a colt to start a run for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

But that's exactly where Slew o' Gold made his 3-year-old debut.

Slew o' Gold captured two of three starts as a juvenile in 1982, but the fact that he was from the first crop of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and a half-brother to 1979 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Coastal was enough for his owners to get Derby fever.

Slew o' Gold raced for Equusequity Stable, a partnership that included Mickey and Karen Taylor and Dr. Jim Hill and his wife, Sally. The two couples had campaigned Seattle Slew.

Slew o' Gold started not once at Tampa Bay, but twice. He ran third in the $10,000-added Sam F. Davis Handicap March 5 and was second in the $100,000 Budweiser Tampa Bay Derby to Morganmorganmorgan two weeks later.

Sent to New York, Slew o' Gold won an allowance race and a division of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) in his final Derby preps. Sent off at 10-1 in the Run for the Roses, he finished fourth behind Sunny's Halo, Desert Wine, and Caveat.

Slew o' Gold skipped the Preakness (gr. I), then duplicated Coastal's feat by winning the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) by a healthy margin. The similarity ended there as Slew o' Gold couldn't catch Caveat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and finished second.

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