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Slew o' Gold

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Slew o' Gold (NYRA)
Slew o' Gold
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Claiborne Farm
Equusequity Stable
Sidney Waters, Jr.; John Hertler
Seattle Slew
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Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm, Slew o’ Gold was a two-time Eclipse Award winner from the first crop of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.


Slew o’ Gold broke his maiden in mid-October of 1982 at Aqueduct and won an allowance race there before finishing sixth in the Remsen Stakes to conclude his 2-year-old season.


After finishing second in the Tampa Bay Derby the following spring, Slew o’ Gold won and allowance by nearly eight lengths at Aqueduct on April 13, 1983, before winning a division of the Wood Memorial. He then finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby. After skipping the Preakness, Slew o’ Gold romped by 12 lengths in the Peter Pan, convincing the owners (including primary partners Dr. Jim and Sally Hill and Mickey and Karen Taylor, who had raced Seattle Slew) and trainer Sid Watters to try the Belmont. Sent off as the favorite, Slew o’ Gold finished second to Caveat.


Slew o’ Gold then finished sixth in the Haskell and second in the Travers. He then took on older horses in the Woodward, defeating Bates Motel by a nose. That victory put him in line to win a $1 million bonus if he could capture the Fall Championship Series of the Woodward, Marlboro Cup Invitational and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He didn’t quite get it done, however, finishing second by a neck to Highland Blade before winning the Gold Cup by three lengths in his final race of the year (defeating Highland Blade and John Henry).


John O. Hertler took over as Slew o’ Gold’s trainer in 1984 and the 4-year-old didn’t make his first start until July because of foot issues. Upon his return, Slew o’ Gold won an allowance at Belmont by seven and a half lengths. He won the Whitney at Saratoga and then swept the Fall Championship Series to take the $1 million bonus.


Slew o’ Gold made one more start, finishing third behind Wild Again and Gate Dancer in the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gate Dancer was disqualified for bumping Slew o’ Gold. The second-place earnings gave Slew o’ Gold a total of $2,627,944 for the year, establishing a new single-year record.


Slew o’ Gold was retired to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky with a career record of 12-5-1 from 21 starts and earnings of $3,533,534. He was euthanized on Oct. 14, 2007 at the age of 27. From 17 crops, Slew o’ Gold sired 28 stakes winners, including 12 graded/group winners.