Seattle Slew at HialeahSeattle Slew, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old male of 1976, proved he hadn't lost a bit of speed from his juvenile season.Seattle Slew closed his 2-year-old season with a record-breaking effort in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The time, 1:34 2/5, was the fastest mile ever run by a horse of that age at Belmont and bettered the former mark set by Count Fleet in the 1942 Champagne.Seven rivals lined up against Seattle Slew in a seven-furlong allowance race March 9 at Hialeah. Getting five pounds from White Rammer, Seattle Slew went for the lead under 117 pounds and didn't let up through fractions of :22 1/5, :44, and 1:08, winning in 1:20 3/5 by nine lengths. His six-furlong time of 1:08 was three-fifths of a second faster than the track record and his final time was two-fifths faster than the track mark.Seattle Slew went on to win the Flamingo Stakes (gr. I) at Hialeah and the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct on his way to becoming the first unbeaten Triple Crown winner.
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