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11/7/23 - Seattle Slew Descendants Win Coveted Breeders' Cup Trophies

Seven descendants of Seattle Slew, including two repeat winners, made final claims for year-end championships by capturing half of the 2023 Breeders' Cup World Championships events at Santa Anita November 3 and 4. The Slew Crew congratulates the winners and all their connections, especially the breeders who share the glory on these days to honor the best and their breeders. We wish you continued successes.

WHITE ABARRIO (Race Day), whose sire line leads right to Seattle Slew, won the biggest race of the weekend, the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) on November 4. The race-time favorite pressed the pace before striking the front and refusing to give in, crossing the line a length in front. The nearly-white, gray or roan colt's sire, Race Day, is by Tapit (Pulpit). White Abarrio was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm. Finishing third in the Classic was five-year-old Proxy, who is by Tapit, and who also descends from Seattle Slew through his third dam, a daughter of Slew.

The ladies put on a fantastic race the same day with IDIOMATIC (Curlin), who is out of a First Defence (Unbridled's Song) mare, crossing the wire first in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1). Bred by her owner, Juddmonte Farm, in Kentucky, Idiomatic is a homebred through and through on her dam's side. Along with breeding her first through third dams, Juddmonte also bred and raced First Defence and his dam, Seattle Slew's Grade 1 winner Honest Lady. That tremendous race filly won four graded stakes and finished second against males in both the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), before there was a separate sprint for fillies and mares. In this year's Distaff, a daughter of Gemologist (Tiznow) named Le Da Vida (CHI) finished third behind four-year-old Idiomatic. Le Da Vida's second dam is by an A.P. Indy stallion, thus providing her with Seattle Slew blood on both sides of her pedigree.

CODY'S WISH (Curlin) started off Saturday's big races with an exclamation point, closing late to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) as the first of two repeat winners. Once again, it was another tight finish, as he crossed the line a nose in front of the runner-up. Out of a Tapit mare, Cody's Wish was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Godolphin, and will now retire to stud at Darley America. The five-time Grade 1 winner was never off the board in 16 starts, with 11 wins and more than $3 million in earnings. Finishing third was Skippylongstocking, whose sire — Exaggerator — is out of a Vindication (Seattle Slew) mare.

Cody's Wish was named to honor Cody Dorman, who Cody's Wish connected with as a foal when young Cody was able to visit Gainsborough Farm through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cody was on site to watch Cody's Wish win last year's Dirt Mile and again this year, but sadly passed away on Sunday. Our hearts go out to the Dorman family.

It was the second repeat winner who closed out the Breeders' Cup events on Saturday when ELITE POWER (Curlin) proved best once more in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1). Out of a Vindication mare, the chestnut Elite Power charged down the stretch in a powerful display to win by 1 1/2 lengths in the six-furlong dash loaded with Slew descendants. Elite Power was bred in Kentucky by Alpha Delta Stables. He was followed across the line by Gunite (Gun Runner) in second and Nakatomi (Firing Line) in third. Gunite's second dam is by Pulpit (A.P. Indy). Slew is present on both sides of Nakatomi's pedigree as his sire is by Line of David, who is out of a Capote (Seattle Slew) mare, and his dam is by Flatter (A.P. Indy).

Future Stars Friday (November 3) showcased some of the country's and world's best two-year-olds. And the biggest winner of the day was FIERCENESS (City of Light) who took the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) by 6 1/4 lengths. Produced from a Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) mare, Fierceness is a great-great-great grandson of the 1977 Triple Crown winner. He was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Repole Stable. Finishing a half-length behind the runner-up was Locked (Gun Runner), who is out of a Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) mare.

Two races before, JUST F Y I (Justify) chased the pace and then held off a pair of late closers to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by a neck. The bay filly is from the second crop of Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy), who descends from Seattle Slew through his second dam, Grade 1-placed Magical Illusion (Pulpit). Finishing just more than a half-length behind the winner in third was Candied (Candy Ride [Arg]), who is out of a Roaring Fever mare. Stakes winner Roaring Fever himself is out of Seattle Slew's graded stakes-placed and Grade 1-producer Pennant Fever. Just F Y I was bred in Kentucky by her owner, George Krikorian.

Justify was not done siring Breeders' Cup winners as the next race was won by his two-year-old daughter, Hard to Justify. The bay filly captured the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) by a half-length. Hard to Justify also boasts Seattle Slew on her dam's side as her third dam is Slew's stakes-winning daughter Slow Down. Hard to Justify was bred in Kentucky by Yeguada Centurion.

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