Seattle Slew, last living Triple Crown winner, dies

Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Lexington, Ky. (AP) -- Seattle Slew always had a sense of timing. Winner of the 1977 Triple Crown and sire of more than 100 stakes winners, the big black stallion died Tuesday -- 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby.

For the first time since Sir Barton won the Derby, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1919, there is no living Triple Crown winner stabled anywhere in the world.

A big gangly yearling who turned into a muscular colt with ''blinding speed and burning determination,'' Seattle Slew died in his stall at the advanced age of 28. He was buried an hour later, beneath a statue in a courtyard at Hill 'n' Dale, a 319-acre farm near Lexington, Ky.

Slew, as he was affectionately known, was the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated and his three-year racing career produced 14 wins in 17 races and earnings of $1,208,726.

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