Slew was 1st undefeated Triple Crown winner
June 11, 1977 - The Belmont Stakes wasn't Seattle Slew's finest race. But it was the race that put Slew into the history books.
The 2-5 favorite arrived in the paddock six minutes late, nine minutes before it was time to leave for the track instead of the customary 15 minutes in which to be saddled and prepared for action. But once the gates opened for the race, Slew was on time, quickly taking command.
Leading all the way in the field of eight, Slew went unchallenged. With 20 yards to go, his jockey, Jean Cruguet, stood up in the stirrups, raised his right arm over his head, and jubilantly waved his whip to the crowd of more than 70,000 in a victory salute. Slew finished four lengths ahead of runner-up Run Dusty Dusty Run and covered the mile and a half in 2:29 3/5 over what was officially labeled a muddy track, though the strip was actually wet-fast. He earned $109,080 of the $181,800 purse.
In winning his ninth race without a defeat, Slew become the 10th horse to gain the Triple Crown, but the first to record the accomplishment without ever losing. By comparison, Secretariat had lost three times when he won the Triple Crown four years earlier.
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