By Ray Paulick --Sometimes it's easy to forget what's important about the game. People can argue long into the night about seemingly important issues like marketing, takeout rates, or medication and drug testing, but then a remarkable talent like Seattle Slew comes along and reminds everyone that the horse is king of this sport.
Though not as glorious as his salad days on the racetrack, in the last two years of his life Seattle Slew again showed the mettle that made him a champion in all he endeavored.
A profound sadness permeates Three Chimneys Farm Tuesday. Its marquee stallion Seattle Slew, who with the exception of the last 30 days was an integral part of the farm for 17 years, is gone.
Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated, died Tuesday morning at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew moved from Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., to Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington on Monday.
Thehorse.com, the Web site for The Horse magazine, has published an online article detailing and showing photographs from the surgery on Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Seattle Slew returned home to Three Chimneys Farm early Wednesday morning, four days after undergoing surgery to fuse the joint between two vertebrae in his neck.
Seattle Slew, the only living Triple Crown winner, celebrated his 28th birthday Friday, Feb. 15, at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Equine Spectrum, the online Thoroughbred auction company based in Central Kentucky, has a new executive director, Dan Kelliher, and plans to conduct up to five sales this year. The first will be an auction of stallion seasons that is scheduled for Feb. 6. Another sale will be held in April that will feature horses and stallion interests with connections to Triple Crown contenders. Additional auctions in 2002 will include one with tie-ins to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Prospective foal insurance used to be about the new owner of a pregnant broodmare protecting his investment after the purchase. At this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale, insurance coverage became an incentive to buy the mare in the first place.
Albert the Great, who ran a strong third in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is scheduled to arrive Nov. 1 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Lexington, where he will enter stud for $10,000 live foal
Millionaire Colstar and multiple stakes winner The Happy Hopper have been retired to Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., and are booked to Horse of the Year candidate Point Given, who stands at the farm.
Albert the Great, a grade I winner of over $2.5 million, will make his final start in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), then retire to stud at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Owner Tracy Farmer will retain 100% interest in the 4-year-old Go For Gin colt. No stud fee was announced.
Spook Express, with Mike Smith up, charged from the back of the pack to win the $500,000 Winstar Galaxy Stakes for older fillies and mares that was co-feature on Keeneland's opening day card.
Thoroughbred breeders are being offered a different deal on shares in Point Given than they were when it was announced two weeks earlier that he would enter stud in 2002 at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Robert and Blythe Clay have again added to their Three Chimneys Farm with the recent acquisition of Big Sink Farm, which will house yearlings.
Pompeii, winner of the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 24 at 1 1/4 miles, has just the stout-distance lineage it takes to stand up to the rigors of the nine-furlong Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Point Given, leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors, arrived at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. at noon on Sunday, Sept. 16. The 3-year-old colt will stand his first season at stud at Three Chimneys in 2002.
The flurry of recent stakes sponsorships continued Thursday with the announcement that the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at River Downs will be supported by Pepsi-Cola for at least three years. Last year's Bassinet was won by Caressing, who eventually was named champion 2-year-old filly of 2000.
Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., recently announced it would sponsor the $100,000 2-year-old stakes formerly known as the WHAS-11 Stakes at Churchill on May 5, Kentucky Derby Day. As a result, the farm will not sponsor the grade I Spinster Stakes at Keeneland this fall.
Seattle Slew bred his first mare of the 2001 breeding season on Monday morning, February 12 -- opening day for the Three Chimneys breeding shed. Seattle Slew successfully bred Dreams of Success, a 4-year-old maiden mare by Dixieland Band owned by Denali Stud and Barry Weisbord. "Seattle Slew bred confidently and aggressively, and physically seems to be in great shape for the breeding season," commented Three Chimneys Farm stallion manager Sandy Hatfield.
Three Chimneys Farm announced Thursday that Dan Rosenberg has been named the Midway, KY farm's new President and Chief Operating Officer. "Dan has been an integral part of our growth and success from the beginning. This new title more accurately reflects the role he plays in the management of Three Chimneys," said Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay, in making the announcement.
Hall of Fame mare Chris Evert was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age Monday at the age of 30. The Filly Triple Crown winner will be buried at Three Chimneys Farm, where she lived the last 10 years. All five of her daughters became the dam or granddam of stakes winners, most notable of which was Six Crowns (so named because she was by Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and out of Filly Triple Crown winner Chris Evert), who was the dam of champion and millionaire Chief's Crown.
Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew is heading back to the breeding shed in 2001 after recovering from neck surgery in April and passing recent semen tests that indicate his fertility problems were temporary.
Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm has purchased a half-interest in Riboletta's 6-year-old half-sister, Perfect Valley.
The 2001 stud fee for Rahy, this year's fourth-leading North American sire by money earned, will nearly double from his 2000 fee, rising to $75,000. The 15-year-old stallion, who stands at Three Chimney's Farm near Midway, Ky., stood for an advertised fee of $40,000 in 2000.
Six horses that had gone unsold when they went through the ring at Keeneland's 13-day September yearling sale were sold Wednesday night during the sales company's Internet RNA Auction.