SEATTLE SLEW (From HRTV's "INSIDE INFORMATION" Series)
In the first of two installments, "SEATTLE SLEW," will look at the first two years of the great SLEW's racing career (1976 and 1977), the drama that played out behind the scenes between the human connections of the all-time great and will offer revealing interviews with all of SLEW's connections ("The SLEW Crew"), including co-owners, Karen and Mickey Taylor, along with (veterinarian) Jim Hill and wife Sally, trainer Billy Turner, jockey Jean Cruguet and exercise rider Mike Kennedy.
The son of BOLD REASONING was a modest yearling purchase by the Taylors and Hills and he went on to become the tenth of eleven horses to ever win the Triple Crown, and the only one to accomplish the monumental feat while being undefeated.
The unmatched brilliance of SEATTLE SLEW through a great two-year-old season is chronicled, including footage of the 1976 Champagne Stakes from Belmont Park. His meteoric rise set the stage for his three-year-old campaign and vast Kentucky Derby hype. He solidified his burgeoning reputation by rumbling through the three legs of the Triple Crown en-route to immortality.
In addition to showcasing the great SLEW's on-track achievements, the growing rift between Turner and the Taylors and Hills is explored, which is told by the connections themselves. The first installment concludes with the end of SEATTLE SLEW's three-year-old season, including his first career defeat in the 1978 Swaps Stakes to J. O. TOBIN, which began to publicly display the private struggles of the fabled, "SLEW Crew."
The concluding installment (two of two) explores SEATTLE SLEW's four-year-old championship campaign, his years at stud, and his remarkable legacy, concluding with his death on the 25th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby triumph - May 7, 2002.
SLEW enjoyed a great four-year-old season in 1978, despite overcoming a serious illness, as well as continued building acrimony behind the scenes with his connections that saw the removal of Billy Turner as his trainer and Jean Cruguet's dismissal as his jockey. With Doug Peterson as his new conditioner and future Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr., as his rider, SEATTLE SLEW went on to win the Marlboro Gold Cup, Woodward, and Stuyvesant Handicap, while suffering a gutsy nose loss to EXCELLER in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
The show will also recount SLEW's stud career that began at Spendthrift Farm, continued at Three Chimneys, and progressed to the controversial move to Hill 'N' Dale Farm, where he completed a prolific career as a stallion. His vast and successful progeny includes the likes of SLEW O'GOLD and SWALE, among many others.
In addition, the Taylors and Hills candidly discuss bitterly dissolving the Tayhill partnership which occurred in 1992 and extensive footage is shown starting in 2000 until SEATTLE SLEW's death in May of 2002 that chronicles SLEW's courageous struggles and bravery in dealing with a severe and debilitating compressed vertebra along with the surgeries he overcame at such an advanced age...and above all...the sheer love, limitless devotion and undying support the Taylors showered onto SLEW during these most difficult of emotional and physical times.
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|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|