Major Washington Stallion Slewdledo Dead

Slewdledo, who topped the Washington sires list the last four years, was euthanized May 1 after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. The 25-year-old unraced son of Seattle Slew was owned by Roy Dane and stood at Steve Meredith's Lucky Acres Farm near Yakima, Wash.

Slewdledo is represented by 36 stakes winners, including eight state-bred champions, two of which were Horses of the Year. His son, Snipledo, who scored his big win in the 1990 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III), was Horse of the Year that year as well as champion sprinter and top older male. In 2003, Slewdledo's son, Taiaslew, was Horse of the Year and best 3-year-old male.

"He was a very intelligent horse and easy to work with, and so were his runners," said Meredith, who previously cared for Slewdledo at the time the stallion stood at Paulson Thoroughbred Ranch in Washington.

Slewdledo was represented this decade by additional champions Bub, I'madrifter, Slewsbox, and Queenledo. Slewsbox, whose big win came in the 2002 Desert Stormer andicap (gr. III) for distaffers at Hollywood Park, won two sprint titles and was a champion older mare. Queenledo, also a filly, was champion of her division at ages two and three.

Slewdledo's death came right after he experienced a big month. Four of his offspring were stakes winners in April. This year, Slewdledo ranks second on the Washington sire list by progeny earnings.

Bred in Kentucky by Harold Polk, Slewdledo was produced from the stakes-winning Cyane mare M'lle. Cyanne. He covered 30 mares this year.