Seattle’s grandson Slew spotlights BIG auction event

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WWhen he ran he was known as Taj Ah Cailie. Now he is known in the house as Earl.

However, whatever its name, the gelding belongs to one of the greatest lineage of thoroughbred racing.

Earl, who raced as Taj Ah Cailie, has won 7 of 42 career starts, with most of his wins coming from Hastings Park, BC. Photo credit: Jennifer Simmons

Earl / Taj Ah Cailie, whose grandfather is Seattle Slew, winner of the Triple Crown in 1977, will be one of the highlights of the BIG annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington auction (BBBSSW ) on October 12 at the Little Creek Casino Resort. Guests are promised a fun evening that supports the youth in our community.

Earl, 22, will be part of the Kentucky Derby-themed event, as guests will have the chance to meet and snap a photo with the former racehorse. Tickets are available now.

“As a committee, each year we try to come up with a theme that will be fun for everyone involved,” said Joanna West, BIG Auction committee member and Marketing Director of Washington Business Bank. “We like to make it unique. I think having a horse of Earl’s pedigree up for auction certainly makes our BIG Derby unique.

Taj Ah Cailie, a Washington-raised son of Taj Alriyadh from Danz’n Lady, may not have had Seattle Slew’s resume, but was still very successful during his racing days, doing 42 career starts with seven wins, five seconds and three thirds. After retiring from racing he became a play horse, participating in equestrian events.

His grandfather is one of the greatest racing champions and the first horse to win the prestigious undefeated Triple Crown.

Mickey and Karen Taylor, of White Swan, Wash., Participated in the July 1975 Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale in an effort to stay within their budget of $ 13,000. A dark bay son of Bold Reasoning changed this shot pretty quickly. It didn’t take long for the rapidly rising offers to pass Taylor’s ceiling, but a well-placed elbow from Karen alongside Mickey convinced her husband to move on.

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Pictured is the Earl / Taj Ah Cailie Jockey Club registration certificate. Photo credit: Jennifer Simmons

Eventually, the Taylors, along with New York vet Jim Hill and his wife, Sally, bought the colt for $ 17,500 – a bargain even 44 years ago for what would become one of the greatest runners in the world. race of all time.

At equal speed and power, Seattle Slew has won 14 of 17 career starts with $ 1,208,726 in lifetime earnings.

Nicknamed “Baby Huey” after the cartoon character because of his size and awkwardness as a miner, Seattle Slew broke his young daughter on her first outing, winning a 6-yard-by-5-length affair at Belmont. Park in New York. He ended his 2 year campaign with a perfect 3 for 3, marked by a victory in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes before being named champion of the 2 year old foals in 1976.

The following year, Seattle Slew began his journey to the Kentucky Derby by winning two races at Hialeah Park in Florida, including an easy victory in the Grade 1 Flamingo Stakes, before winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

Two weeks later, Seattle Slew was at Churchill Downs to compete in the 103rd Kentucky Derby. As the heavy bet pick from 1 to 2, Seattle Slew, under the guidance of regular runner Jean Cruguet, beat Run Dusty Run by 1 3/4 lengths.

Seattle Slew was even more impressive at Pimlico in Baltimore two weeks later, winning the Preakness on a muddy track in 1:54 2/5 – one of the fastest in 102 years of racing history.

Then there was the Belmont Stakes, the latest gem in the Triple Crown of racing that deserved more than its nickname “The Champion’s Test” with its distance of 1 1/2 mile.

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Earl, a 22-year-old grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, will be one of the BIG Auction attendees to meet guests. Photo credit: Jennifer Simmons

Secretariat ended a 25-year gap between Triple Crown winners, becoming the first horse since the Great Citation in 1948 to win the distinction in 1973. Seattle Slew made sure the drought only reached three years. this time around because he didn’t disappoint in the Belmont Stakes, winning the race by 4 comfortable lengths to become the first horse in history to win the undefeated Triple Crown. Racing will have to wait 41 years for the second thoroughbred to achieve the feat with Justify in 2018.

Seattle Slew ended 1977 with its first loss, losing to JO Tobin in the Grade 1 Swaps at Hollywood Park.

The setback did little to deter Longacres fans at Renton as the Taylors opted to ship their champion colt to the Renton Oval after his run in the Swaps. Seattle Slew made two appearances at Longacres in early July 1977. Entitled the “Golden Gallup,” Seattle Slew worked on the now-defunct track in front of a packed crowd. The charity event generated over $ 100,000 for the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Washington’s Joe Gottstein Cancer Research Fund.

In 1978, Seattle Slew raced seven times, posting a 5-2-0 record with wins in the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap (Gr. 1), Woodward Stakes (Gr. 1) and Stuyvesant Handicap, a level 3 race. at Aqueduct on November 11, 1978 which turned out to be the colt’s last start.

His most impressive victory in 1978 was hands down his Marlboro Cup victory, the only time in his 17-race career that he failed to become the frontrunner. That honor went to the 1978 Triple Crown winner, confirmed with odds of 1 to 2.

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Proceeds from the BIG auction supports important Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington programs that help area children. Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

In the only time two Triple Crown winners have faced each other, Seattle Slew dominated, winning the 1 1/8 mile race in 1:45 4/5 – narrowly missing the Secretariat’s world record by two-fifths of second.

First at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., Before moving on to the legendary Three Chimney Farm, Seattle Slew sired over 1,100 named foals with nearly half of the winning races and 111 stakes winners.

Fans can get a glimpse of the offspring of one of horse racing’s greats at the Big Brothers Big Sisters auction in Southwest Washington. Buy your tickets now so you don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.

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