May 8, 2002 |
Seattle Slew, the homely, awkward commoner who became one of the greatest champions and stallions in the sport of kings, died at 28 yesterday, 25 years to the day after he won the Kentucky Derby. The 1977 Triple Crown winner, whose age in human years would have been at least 80, succumbed in his sleep at Hill 'n' Dale, the 319-acre Lexington, Ky., farm where he will be buried. A longtime resident of nearby Spendthrift and Three Chimneys Farms, Slew had been moved to Hill 'n' Dale recently after a second spinal operation.
December 14, 2000 |
Prize money on the PGA Tour will go up to a record $180 million in 2001, with an even larger increase anticipated when the tour negotiates a new, four-year television contract in the spring. Also, commissioner Tim Finch-em said yesterday he's confident the tour can work out marketing issues with the player largely responsible for those rising purses - Tiger Woods. "We don't have issues that can't be resolved," Finchem said during a teleconference to discuss the state of the tour.
June 22, 1997 |
Leestown was on the "small side" and excelled at middle distances, so he was not considered a serious candidate for this year's Triple Crown by the powerful D. Wayne Lukas stable. But the son of Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, is on the rise, as he displayed again yesterday at Delaware Park by capturing the $150,000 Leonard Richards Stakes. Leestown triumphed by one length over George Steinbrenner's fast-closing Universe. The pacesetting Bleu Madura finished 2 1/4 lengths back in third, with Gold Book fourth in the field of eight 3-year-olds.
September 23, 1994 |
Philadelphia Park's Cotillion Handicap once was a mandatory stop for 3- year-old fillies in the fall. Now, there are so many stakes races for 3- year-old fillies, especially in New York, that past winners, such as Shuvee, Alma North, Susan's Girl, My Juliet, Revidere and Truly Bound, champions and near champions, are just that - past. Tomorrow's race drew a nice field of 10, but no champions or potential champions. Realistically, only Lakeway and Heavenly Prize are candidates for the 3-year-old filly championship.
June 3, 1997 |
Compose a list of the 20 greatest horses in American racing history and there would be a place for Buckpasser, Cigar, Damascus, Dr. Fager, Easy Goer, Forego, John Henry, Kelso, Man o' War, Nashua, Native Dancer, Spectacular Bid and Sunday Silence. None won the Triple Crown. Some just weren't ready for that five-week crucible as 3-year-olds, and made their marks later. Seven tried and failed to win the three races at three race tracks at three different distances over those 35 days in May and June.
May 10, 1996 |
This time, there wasn't even a week's suspense. For the 18th consecutive year, there will be no Triple Crown winner. Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone, who won the most thrilling Derby in 35 years, has been retired to stud after a bone chip was discovered in the knee of his right front leg, the same injury that caused him to have an operation last year. The colt, a son of 1990 Derby winner Unbridled, made just the sixth start of his career last Saturday. Now, just that fast, he's gone.
May 14, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - Orb has settled into the place reserved for royalty at Pimlico Race Course - Stall 40. The Triple Crown hopeful arrived at Pimlico on Monday afternoon, five days before the Preakness. He was immediately taken to Stall 40 at the Stakes Barn, which traditionally serves as home to the Kentucky Derby winner. Some of the greatest horses in history have been kept there, including the last three Triple Crown winners: Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978)
January 13, 2001 |
An angry Shaquille O'Neal asked the Los Angeles Lakers to trade him two weeks ago, but general manager Mitch Kupchak didn't take the request seriously and said problems within the team will soon blow over. "I have no knowledge of that. I read it for the first time today," said O'Neal's agent, Leonard Armato, referring to a Los Angeles Times report that O'Neal told Kupchak and coach Phil Jackson in separate conversations after a game in Phoenix on Dec. 28 that he wanted to be traded.
August 8, 2004 |
Smarty Jones will have a room with a view: Seattle Slew's old digs at Three Chimneys Farm, the only stall in the stallion barn where you can see all the mares parade from the receiving barn to the breeding shed. He'll like it here. The 1,700-acre Three Chimneys, just outside Lexington, is what you'd expect from a Kentucky farm that calls itself a "boutique" breeding operation. It's all stone, brick and charm, with rolling green hills in all directions, an old tobacco barn converted into a place for mares, individual 2 1/2-acre paddocks for each stallion, and spacious wood-paneled stalls.
October 16, 2007 |
Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson was fired yesterday, two days after the school's once-mighty football team was rocked with its worst home loss in nearly a half-century. Pederson, along with coach Bill Callahan, has been heavily criticized after a series of one-sided losses this season. The most recent was a 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday with former Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne and his 1997 national title team in attendance. Callahan's job is apparently safe for now. Chancellor Harvey Perlman said the next athletic director would decide the fate of the football staff.