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Two-time Turf Champion Flawlessly Dead

Flawlessly, the last runner to win consecutive Eclipse Awards as a turf champion and one of only two mares to have done so, died Sept. 26 of natural causes in her paddock at John Williams' Elmwood near Versailles, Ky.

Life Changer

By John Williams -- In the late fall of 1978, the Bee Gees were topping the pop charts with "Stayin' Alive." Sideburns, long hair, and bell bottoms were still cool. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Baltimore Colts were still playing football on 33rd St. where they belonged, and the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown arrived to stand at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

Bench Mark Thoroughbred

By John Williams -- As many of us coped with the death of Affirmed on Jan. 12, one underlying theme was evident: it seemed everybody connected to the horse considered it a privilege that he had touched their lives. This had been true all of his life, I am sure.

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