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$500,000 Mare Tops Keeneland Wednesday Session

Buyers were anxious to see the members of the first crops by Giant's Causeway and Fusaichi Pegasus. At the Keeneland November sale on Wednesday, it was a mare carrying a member of the second crop by Giant's Causeway that topped the auction's third day.

Equine Attorney Don Sturgill Dies at 74

Don Sturgill, prominent Lexington equine attorney who served as general counsel for both the national and Kentucky chapters of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, of a heart attack at his Lexington home.

Seattle Slew Honored at Graveside Remembrance

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About 200 fans turned out to honor Seattle Slew as his final resting place was unveiled at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington July 19. The great racehorse and stallion died May 7, 25 years to the day of his Kentucky Derby triumph in 1977.

Memorial Service July 19 for Seattle Slew

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Mickey and Karen Taylor announced that a memorial service and an unveiling of a sculpture of unbeaten Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew will be held July 19 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.

Triple Crown Heroes: Seattle Slew

Triple Crown Heroes: Seattle Slew

In the 10th of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from the June 20, 1977 issue of The Blood-Horse on Seattle Slew winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.

Great Expectations

By Ray Paulick -- Racing fans from the baby boomer generation were spoiled by the remarkable careers of the three most recent Triple Crown winners, Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978). Maybe that's why the knockers are lining up to take their shots at War Emblem as he bids for the Triple Crown.

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.

Look of Eagles

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.

Seattle Slew: Greatness on the Track

It was nine o'clock in the morning on May 7, 2002--25 years to the day since Seattle Slew's historic victory in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The great Thoroughbred gave one final look at his devoted owners, Karen and Mickey Taylor, who, as usual, were by his side. And with his eyes, he proclaimed, as the Sioux warriors used to before going to battle, "It is a good day to die."

Slew in the Breeding Shed: Passing on his Greatness

The odds of a horse becoming a champion are huge. So are the odds of a horse becoming a prominent stallion. Now, imagine the odds of a horse becoming a great champion and a great stallion. Now, take it to its maximum. Imagine the odds of a horse becoming a truly great champion and stallion. It was those odds, which Seattle Slew beat on both the racetrack and at stud in such a commanding way, that made him such a legend.

Honoring Slew: Ceremony Set For July

A public memorial service honoring the deceased Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew has been scheduled for 8:00 p.m. July 19 at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Slew: 'His Influence Will Be Felt By This Breed Forever'

Trainer Billy Turner said the late Seattle Slew stood alone in comparison to racing's other Triple Crown winners. "He was undefeated. He set track records. He did everything he had to do." Yet Turner said some people resented the horse who won the 1977 Triple Crown, just four years after Secretariat.

Seattle Slew: A Complete Champion

Seattle Slew, who celebrated his 102nd stakes winner the day of this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was the first horse since Native Dancer in the 1950s to win outright championships at ages two through four.

Seattle Slew Back at Three Chimneys

Seattle Slew, who underwent spinal surgery March 2 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, returned home early this morning to Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

Seattle Slew To Undergo Surgery

Central Kentucky sire Seattle Slew will undergo surgery this week, and his return, if ever, to stallion service will depend upon what is in the best interests of the horse, according to a press release by Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay on behalf of stallion manager Mickey Taylor and syndicate members

Seattle Slew Temporarily Out of Stud Duty

Leading sire Seattle Slew has been taken temporarily out of stallion service at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., to undergo a neurological examination and semen analysis.

Editor's Note Colt Beats $4.2-Million Saratoga Sale Topper at Spa

Last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale topper, a Seattle Slew colt named Distinction purchased for $4.2 million by Californian David Shimmon, was soundly beaten in his second career start, a six-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at Saratoga on Thursday. The winner of the race was first-time starter Coach Knight, an Anthony Dutrow-trained son of Editor's Note who was a $75,000 purchase at an Ocala Breeders' Sales Company 2-year-old sale this March.

Seattle Slew Tops Sire Average on Keeneland Opener

Taylor Made Farm stallion Saint Ballado sired the $4-million session topper on the Monday night opener to the Keeneland July select yearling sale, but Three Chimneys Farm's venerable Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew was leading sire by average on the evening, with two colts selling for an average price of $1,925,000.

Slew Back with a Bang

Seattle Slew, back in the breeding shed after major surgery last year, has gotten 19 mares in foal from 22 reported covers as of April 19. "He is doing unbelievably well," said Mickey Taylor, who owns and is the syndicate manager of the son of Bold Reasoning. "He is a very happy horse and pleased to be back at work. He's feeling better all the time. In the past month or two he's gotten a lot stronger, and neurologically he's gotten better as well."

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