Happy Triple Crown™ Tuesday!
Winning the Triple Crown™ is a prestigious honor. Comprised of three races; Preakness Stakes, the Kentucky Derby® and Belmont Stakes, becoming a Triple Crown™ winner is the greatest honor that any horse racing team strives to achieve throughout their racing career. Only 12 horses in history have won the Triple Crown™, proving just how hard it is to complete the trifecta.
Belmont Experiences is breaking down each of the 13 Triple Crown™ winners for you in a 13-part series. This week’s Triple Crown™ winner is a horse that never knew what losing felt like, the late and great Seattle Slew.
Seattle Slew: The Horse Race Winning Machine
It has been just over 40 years since Seattle Slew was named a Triple Crown™ winner. In 1977 he went into the first leg of the Triple Crown™ without ever having lost a race, something no horse has ever done before, and captured a win at the Kentucky Derby®, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
During the Kentucky Derby®, Slew out ran the runner-up, For The Moment, in the final stretch and For The Moment’s jockey, Angel Cordero, said that Slew wasn’t looking at the horse but was staring directly at the jockey which left him terrified and completely intimidated. Cordero stated, “he was fiercely competitive, an absolute dominant horse and just ruthless to run with. Others were horrified of him.”
Seattle Slew came into the Kentucky Derby® with a slow start, where Mickey Taylor, Slew’s owner, was worried he was held up at the gate and came out clearly agitated but he pulled through to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
The Birth of Slewmania
Two weeks later he won Preakness by 1 ½ lengths where “Slewmania” took over the country and people began to wonder if there would be a Triple Crown™ winner so soon after Secretariats 1973 win.
The colt went on to win the Belmont Stakes by four lengths, making him the tenth Triple Crown® winner. After all the celebrations were over and the excitement died down Seattle Slew’s trainer, Billy Turner, snuck off and wept tears of joy over the win. Seattle Slew passed away on May 7th, 2002 on the 25th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby® win and his owner, Taylor was with him until the end.
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