May 7, 2002


Racing legend Seattle Slew dies (Steve Bailey, May 7, 2002, AP)
Seattle Slew, who won the Triple Crown a quarter-century ago and became one of racing's greatest sires, died Tuesday morning in his
stall. The big, black stallion was a relatively advanced 28.

Seattle Slew's death came on the 25th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby victory. He followed by winning the Preakness and Belmont stakes, the other legs of thoroughbred horse racing's most prestigious series.

He was the only living Triple Crown winner. Affirmed, who won the last Triple Crown in 1978, died in January 2001.

This story reminded me of one of the most moving obituaries ever written, William Nack's for Secretariat. It's online here. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2002 12:51 PM
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