Final Offspring of '77 Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew Makes Career Debut

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MAGGIE SLEW WELL AFTER RUNNER-UP FINISH IN DEBUT
 
The last foal by 1977 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew was reported to be doing well on the morning after a good runner-up finish in her racing debut.

Maggie Slew, a 2-year-old Indiana-bred filly owned and bred by the Swifty Farm of Don and Dana Myers in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Seymour, Ind., rallied to finish second behind longshot winner  Azevedo in Sunday's third race, a five-furlong maiden event for 2-year-old fillies.

Only four foals were produced from the final crop of Seattle Slew, who died on May 2, 2002 - the anniversary of his victory in the Kentucky Derby.  Maggie Slew was the last of those to be born.

The David Vance-trained filly rallied from fifth to gain the runner-up spot in the race, although she was no threat to the front-running winner.  Vance said she ran very well and came out of the race well.  He said that Maggie Slew's next start would likely come at Monmouth Park, the New Jersey track where Vance and his stable will be spending the summer.

"I'm not going to press her much this year," said Vance.  "We'll take her up here and probably wait six weeks or so and break her maiden.  I probably won't run her much this summer."

Vance said that Maggie Slew is not an imposing physical specimen, but she has given every indication that she will be at her best at two-turn distances.

"She's got the chance to make a decent filly," said Vance.  "She's small, but sometimes those small fillies stay pretty sound."

Maggie Slew is in a barn that has enjoyed much success with fillies. Vance saddled Carl Pollard's Caressing to win the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), a victory that earned her an Eclipse Award as that year's top 2-year-old filly.  Current stars in his barn include Pollard's My Trusty Cat, winner of the Humana Distaff (GI) at Churchill Downs, and La Reason, who will bid this week/files/storyimages/to win the $200,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup (GII).  He said that My Trusty Cat, fourth as a heavy favorite in the recent Chicago Breeders' Cup (GIII) at Arlington, probably would not run until the $150,000 Honorable Miss (GII) at Saratoga, a race she won a year ago.



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