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Seattle Slew Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: Thoroughbred Legends (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581500475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581500479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mearns is the editor of Florida Horse magazine and Wire to Wire. He has won six Eclipse Awards and eight American Horse Publication Awards.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 1, 2001
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Dan Mearns, who as served as managing editor of both "The Blood Horse" and the "Thoroughbred Record" has written a very workman-like account of the life Seattle Slew, the dark brown racing Hall-of-Famer, who is also an extraordinary sire-of-sires, a remarkable broodmare sire, and our last living Triple Crown champion. Last year (2000) Slew underwent surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his neck and alleviate pressure on his spinal cord. The feisty twenty-seven year-old is back in the breeding shed this year and his first mares have been pronounced in foal, so maybe we'll be privileged to watch many more champions by this extraordinary Thoroughbred.
Dan Mearns's book is number five in the "Thoroughbred Legends" series and he covers Seattle Slew from his birth (an ugly foal with big floppy brown ears), through his racing and breeding career, up into the year 2000. For those of us who admire racing's only undefeated Triple Crown Winner (Slew did lose a few after the Triple Crown races), this book is a satisfying read. There are also sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs of Slew from his ugly-duckling birth through a picture where we can see a few gray whiskers dotting his muzzle.
May the Slew live a thousand years through his offspring!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful, easy to read and understand book written about a true champion. I have read most of the Thoroughbred Legends and love them all. It is a wonderful collection for anyone who loves horses or anyone who loves a winner.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lori Haun on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book befitting of a King! Seattle Slew was definately king of the racetrack when he ran. He flew down the course with wings beneath his hooves.
A great honor to have written about a great horse!
The author did an excellent job on this book.
I am very pleased and satisfied with this book! 5 stars!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on January 31, 2011
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I've been watching horses run for the longest time, but the one horse that captured my heart totally was Seattle Slew. Already aware of Slew's history, I couldn't wait to read this book. What I got instead was a dry recitation of numbers, times, dollars won, backside squabbles, but never once did the personality of Seattle Slew himself ever emerge. I can easily google just about every fact in this book. What I wanted was a portrait of the fierceness that was Slew. In September of 2010, Steve Haskin wrote a blog on Bloodhorse about "The Life and Death of Seattle Slew". That wonderful blog captured the essence of Slew and was so emotional that even Mickey Taylor, Slew's owner, posted a grateful comment. More was told about Slew in that one small blog, than this book ever presented. Seattle Slew was fierce on and off the track. This book is a pale reflection seemingly geared for a dull accountant.
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Years ago, I remember the running debate I had with a friend regarding who was the greatest horse, Secretariat or Seattle Slew. To be honest I think it was a dead heat either way. They were both spectacular and great in their right. This book tells the story of Seattle Slew, a horse who probably hasn't gotten the media attention or accolades he so rightly deserves. This book does a good job at highlighting his illustrious career. The only difference is Seattle Slew could and should have a hit movie too to tell his story.
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By Flower Girl on April 10, 2013
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Loved Seattle Slew. I have a collection of the Thoroughbred Legends. This book was an excellent addition. I will definitely read this again.
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