Gallant in Defeat: Zenyatta & Seattle Slew

The thrilling finish of the Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) saw Blame spoil the undefeated record of Zenyatta, and the supermare's storyline instantly became reminiscent of another champion—Seattle Slew.

Like Zenyatta, Seattle Slew started his career undefeated. He won his first nine races, which included six grade I's and the Triple Crown. Also like Zenyatta, Seattle Slew was questioned for beating up on mediocre competition; while the son of Bold Reasoning was brilliant, racing observers called his crop of 1977 three-year-olds "ordinary." Seattle Slew would have to earn respect against the best horses in the country. His performance in the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), then run at 12 furlongs, would cement his place in racing history. Though he lost the race to Exceller, Seattle Slew's gameness in the stretch after running ridiculous early fractions is among the greatest racing performances of all time.

Of course, Seattle Slew went on to be an excellent sire, as did his Horse of the Year son A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO). Below are the Seattle Slew line stallions available on TrueNicks.

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