Slew o’Gold Dead at 27

By Michael-Louis Ingram
Updated: October 17, 2007
Photo by Tony Leonard

Photo by Tony Leonard

PHILADELPHIA – Two-time thoroughbred champion and sire Slew o’ Gold, who was from the first crop of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was euthanized because of the infirmities of old age on October 14 at Three Chimneys in Midway, Kentucky. He was 27.

Three Chimneys owner Robert Clay, in a statement, expressed his remorse.

“It’s a sad day for all of us here. Slew o’Gold was our very first stallion and he stood the 1985 season here all by himself.

“During that season, he sired an incredible four Grade/Group I winners—an almost unheard of accomplishment. He sired six Grade/Group I winners in his first two crops.”

Slew o’ Gold, a stallion, won 12 of 21 starts in three racing seasons and sired 12 group or graded stakes winners.

“As a young horse, he was tough,” Three Chimneys stallion manager Sandy Hatfield said. “He had a lot of Slew about him. But he mellowed with age and we enjoyed each other’s company a lot the last few years. We’ll all miss him.”

A 1980 foal out of classic producer Alluvial, by Buckpasser, Slew o’ Gold was named champion three-year-old colt in ’83 after capping his season with a win against older horses in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup.

He won five of six starts the following year, including a repeat win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and was named champion older horse in 1984.

Slew o’ Gold was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1992 and ranked by //<![CDATA[ u003ci>The Blood Horseu003c/i>u003c/b> as one of the top 100 Thoroughbred Champions of the 20u003csup>thu003c/sup> Century.u003cbr> u003cbr> One of Slew o’Gold’s gutsiest efforts came in the inaugural Breeders Cup Classic in 1984, according to turf writer Jennie Rees of the u003cb>u003ci>Louisville Courier – Journalu003c/i>u003c/b>. “Slew o’Gold was sandwiched by Wild Again and Gate Dancer in the Classic,” recalls Rees. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>”He had foot problems coming into the race, and was running with bar shoes, which was probably not the best thing for the horse in a race of that magnitude. The race stood out in my mind because Wild Again had been supplemented for $360,000 just to run in the race; that and the prolonged stretch drive among the three horses.

u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>”Wild Again held on and paid $64.60, but Gate Dancer, who closed for second, was disqualified and placed third behind Slewo’Gold. It is very rare in a race of that level a horse gets taken down—but it was a legitimate DQ,” Rees said.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Ironically, Slew o’Gold would lose the 1984 Horse of the Year vote to the retiring and recently deceased super gelding John Henry. u003cbr> u003cbr> Bred by Claiborne Farm and raced by the partnership of Karen and Mickey Taylor and Jim and Sally Hill, Slew o’ Gold won two of his three starts as a juvenile, prior to his champion three-year-old season, when he won five of 12 starts with four second-place finishes.u003cbr> u003cbr> During that season, he won the 1983 Peter Pan Stakes (G2) and Wood Memorial Stakes (G1), as well as the Woodward Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup.u003cbr> u003cbr> During his final season in 1984, he added wins in the Whitney (G1) and Marlboro Cup Invitational (G1) Handicaps as well as the Jockey Club Gold Cup en route to champion older horse honors.u003cbr> u003cbr> Retired to Three Chimneys, Slew o’ Gold’s first crop in 1986n included European high weight champion Golden Opinion, as well as Grade I winners Gorgeous, Awe Inspiring and Tactile. In his second crop, he sired Belmont Stakes winner Thirty Six Red and Grade I winner Dr. Root. “,1] ); //–> //]]> The Blood Horse as one of the top 100 Thoroughbred Champions of the 20th Century.

One of Slew o’Gold’s gutsiest efforts came in the inaugural Breeders Cup Classic in 1984, according to turf writer Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier – Journal. “Slew o’Gold was sandwiched by Wild Again and Gate Dancer in the Classic,” recalls Rees.

“He had foot problems coming into the race, and was running with bar shoes, which was probably not the best thing for the horse in a race of that magnitude. The race stood out in my mind because Wild Again had been supplemented for $360,000 just to run in the race; that and the prolonged stretch drive among the three horses.
“Wild Again held on and paid $64.60, but Gate Dancer, who closed for second, was disqualified and placed third behind Slewo’Gold. It is very rare in a race of that level a horse gets taken down—but it was a legitimate DQ,” Rees said.
Ironically, Slew o’Gold would lose the 1984 Horse of the Year vote to the retiring and recently deceased super gelding John Henry.

Bred by Claiborne Farm and raced by the partnership of Karen and Mickey Taylor and Jim and Sally Hill, Slew o’ Gold won two of his three starts as a juvenile, prior to his champion three-year-old season, when he won five of 12 starts with four second-place finishes.

During that season, he won the 1983 Peter Pan Stakes (G2) and Wood Memorial Stakes (G1), as well as the Woodward Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

During his final season in 1984, he added wins in the Whitney (G1) and Marlboro Cup Invitational (G1) Handicaps as well as the Jockey Club Gold Cup en route to champion older horse honors.

Retired to Three Chimneys, Slew o’ Gold’s first crop in 1986 included European high weight champion Golden Opinion, as well as Grade I winners Gorgeous, Awe Inspiring and Tactile. In his second crop, he sired Belmont Stakes winner Thirty Six Red and Grade I winner Dr. Root.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Margaret Layton, Communications Director at Three Chimneys, says Slew o’Gold, will always hold a special place in her heart. “He was the first stallion we had here,” recalls Clayton. “His stud fee initially was $100,000; and his ability as a stud in his early crops has to be put on par with greats like Alydar and Storm Cat. You can’t start any better than that.”u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>With 12 stallions now on the farm, Three Chimneys is the home of former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones and former Preakness and Travers champ Point Given. u003cbr> u003cbr> From 17 crops, Slew o’ Gold sired 28 stakes winners and his progeny earned $26,989,471.u003cbr> u003cbr> A seven-time Grade I winner, Slew o’ Gold earned $3,533,534. He will be buried at Three Chimneys this Sunday.u003cbr> u003cbr> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>u003ca hrefu003d”mailto:mingram@suavvmagazine.com” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>mingram@suavvmagazine.comu003c/a>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>u003ca hrefu003d”mailto:michaelingram@blackathlete.com” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>michaelingram@blackathlete.comu003c/a>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>u003cbr> u003cbr> u003c/span>u003c/div> “,0] ); //–> //]]>

Margaret Layton, Communications Director at Three Chimneys, says Slew o’Gold, will always hold a special place in her heart. “He was the first stallion we had here,” recalls Clayton. “His stud fee initially was $100,000; and his ability as a stud in his early crops has to be put on par with greats like Alydar and Storm Cat. You can’t start any better than that.”

With 12 stallions now on the farm, Three Chimneys is the home of former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones and former Preakness and Travers champ Point Given.

From 17 crops, Slew o’ Gold sired 28 stakes winners and his progeny earned $26,989,471.

A seven-time Grade I winner, Slew o’ Gold earned $3,533,534. He will be buried at Three Chimneys this Sunday.