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5/2/21 - Medina Spirit and Malathaat Capture Classic Wins for Slew

MALATHAAT (Curlin), a three-year-old great-granddaughter of Seattle Slew finished a neck in front of Search Results (Flatter), another great-granddaughter of Slew, to win the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on April 30 at Churchill Downs. She completed the 1 1/8 mile test in a time of 1:48 4/5 over a fast oval and defeated a total of 12 other fillies, 10 of whom boast Slew in their pedigrees.

A bay filly, Malathaat is out of 2012 Frizette Stakes (G1) winner Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy). With the Oaks win, she is now a perfect five-for-five. Malathaat won the Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, her only other start of 2021, prior to earning the blanket of lilies, and captured the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) as a two-year-old.

The next day, Seattle Slew's great-great-grandson MEDINA SPIRIT outran 18 other three-year-olds to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1). A dark bay or brown colt, foaled in Florida, Medina Spirit is from the first crop of Grade 2-winner and multiple Grade 1-placed Protonico, who is out of Alpha Spirit (A.P. Indy).

Medina Spirit led from start to finish and completed the 1 1/4-mile Run for the Roses in a time of 2:01 over a fast track. Strongly challenged down the stretch, the colt refused to give in to his competition and found another gear to earn a solid victory in the $3 million event. Prior to the Derby, Medina Spirit ran second in both the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and San Felipe Stakes (G2).

The third through sixth place finishers of the 2021 Derby also descend from Slew to once again show how strong an influence Seattle Slew has had on the American Thoroughbred.

The Slew Crew congratulates Medina Spirit and Malathaat and their connections for two wonderful victories. We wish you continued success.

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