Seattle Slew Returns to Breeding
MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) _ Seattle Slew bred his first mare of the 2001 season, less than a year after spinal cord surgery to ease strength and coordination problems.
Seattle Slew, who is 27 and the only living Triple Crown winner, bred Dreams of Success, a 4-year-old maiden mare by Dixieland Band, on Monday at Three Chimneys Farm.
``Seattle Slew bred confidently and aggressively, and physically seems to be in great shape for the breeding season,″ Three Chimneys stallion manager Sandy Hatfield said.
Three Chimneys owner Robert Clay said he expects the horse to breed a book of 46 mares.
Tests last March revealed spinal cord compression caused by arthritic changes that made it difficult for Seattle Slew to walk. On April 2, the horse underwent surgery to fuse the joint between two vertebrae in his neck.
``His 27th birthday is on Thursday, Feb. 15, and you wouldn’t know he’s 27, let alone what he was going through a little under a year ago,″ syndicate manager Mickey Taylor said.
Seattle Slew is the sire of 92 stakes winners from 19 crops, including 2000 Eclipse Award winner Surfside and 2000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Honest Lady. He is the sire of champions A.P. Indy, Slew O’ Gold, Landaluce and Swale. His offspring have earned more than $70 million on the racetrack.
``Slew’s well-being has been, and always will be, our No. 1 priority,″ Clay said. ``He certainly seemed happy to return to the breeding shed. And as long as that is in his best interests, that is what we will make possible.″