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June 5, 1998 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one exception, no 3-year-old has gone into the Triple Crown unbeaten and exited the three races still perfect. Weeks before this year's Kentucky Derby, there was a lot of excitement about the possibility of three unbeaten colts squaring off at Churchill Downs. Only Indian Charlie made it to the race unbeaten, then he suffered his first loss when he finished third.
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November 7, 2013 | Paresh Dave
With only seven horses racing and Seattle Slew the clear favorite, many of the 68,000 people at Hollywood Park thought they had a sure bet picking him to finish among the top three. Yet, few cheers boomed out for Seattle Slew at the finish line that summer day in 1977. The just-anointed Triple Crown winner had been embarrassed in the Swaps Stakes, finishing fourth, 16 lengths behind J.O. Tobin. Some considered it the biggest disappointment in Hollywood Park's history -- until this year, when racetrack owners announced the autumn meet that begins Thursday would be the last season in Hollywood Park's 75-year run. Named by its film industry founders, Hollywood Park began as a glitzy oasis in Inglewood for both the rich and those hoping to strike it rich.
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August 5, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Doug Peterson has gone through life usually being ahead of his time. At 11, Peterson was working at Centennial Race Track near Denver, carrying hay and watering horses. At 14, Peterson left Colorado and his parents, who ran a motel near Centennial, to begin a life as a race-tracker. When he was 18, Peterson already had a trainer's license and won the Land of Enchantment Futurity, a race worth almost $100,000, at La Mesa Park in New Mexico.
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May 10, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Everyone knew the day was coming and now it's a reality. After 75 years of horse racing, Betfair Hollywood Park will end its operations following the final race of its autumn meeting Dec. 22. The words "sad day" were repeated often Thursday afternoon at the Inglewood track, where owners, trainers, jockeys and fans reacted somberly to the news. The official announcement came in a letter from track President Jack Liebau sent to the California Horse Racing Board on Wednesday informing them that Hollywood Park Land Co. would not be requesting any 2014 racing dates.
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April 5, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Anita Derby probably will account for three horses in the Kentucky Derby a month from now, but none will have more momentum than A.P. Indy, a son of Seattle Slew who convincingly became the best of the West on Saturday. The $2.9-million yearling, the most expensive sold in 1990, might be worth Japanese businessman Tomonori Tsurumaki's investment. A.P.
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May 16, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an incomplete gathering at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., a few days before the Kentucky Derby to salute the 20th anniversary of Seattle Slew's Triple Crown. Naturally, Seattle Slew himself, the most robust 23-year-old stallion in the universe, was there; and also on hand were Mickey and Karen Taylor, who raced the hyperactive colt in a partnership during that incandescent year of 1977.
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May 8, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seattle Slew, a crooked-legged colt who was rejected by one sales company as a yearling before being sold cheaply by another, died Tuesday at a Kentucky farm, 25 years to the day of his Kentucky Derby victory and in the silver-anniversary year of his Triple Crown sweep. Seattle Slew, who was 28, was the last surviving Triple Crown champion and leaves racing for the first time without a living Triple Crown winner.
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September 16, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Whatever currently ails horse racing could be quickly cured by a dose of what took place 30 years ago today. On Sept. 16, 1978, in an era when racing thrived and there seemed to be an assembly line of Triple Crown winners, something extraordinary happened. And it happened again 28 days later. Two Triple Crown winners raced against each other. Seattle Slew, the '77 winner, took on Affirmed, the '78 winner. It had never happened before, may never happen again. There have been only 11 Triple Crown winners in history and only once did they come in consecutive years.
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May 8, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE
Bill Shoemaker never rode Seattle Slew, but the jockey played key roles in three of the Triple Crown winner's races and two of his defeats. Seattle Slew might not even have won the Triple Crown but for the sportsmanship of Shoemaker in the 1977 Kentucky Derby. Undefeated in six starts, Seattle Slew went into the Derby at top-heavy 1-2 odds. Shoemaker was riding Get The Axe, who was on a seven-race losing streak and went off at 27-1. Seattle Slew drew the No.
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September 16, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Whatever currently ails horse racing could be quickly cured by a dose of what took place 30 years ago today. On Sept. 16, 1978, in an era when racing thrived and there seemed to be an assembly line of Triple Crown winners, something extraordinary happened. And it happened again 28 days later. Two Triple Crown winners raced against each other. Seattle Slew, the '77 winner, took on Affirmed, the '78 winner. It had never happened before, may never happen again. There have been only 11 Triple Crown winners in history and only once did they come in consecutive years.
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February 5, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
At 79, Merv Griffin hasn't forgotten how to poke his own ribs, while mining a few laughs from the rest of the room. "Where am I?" Griffin said last month at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. For the Eclipse awards dinner, he was in the house of a rival, down the street from the hotel he owns in Beverly Hills. "It's a tough game," Griffin said before presenting one of the awards. "But I want you to know that my stable won 16 races last year. Yes, 16 races. Isn't that something?
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November 25, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Doug Peterson, a thoroughbred trainer whose work with Seattle Slew in 1978 led to a division title for the horse who had swept the Triple Crown under a different trainer the year before, was found dead Monday at a hotel near Hollywood Park, the Los Angeles coroner's office said. He was 53. Peterson was found in his room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. "He was lying on his side, and there was no trauma," she said. A toxicology report that might help determine the cause of death would be completed in six to eight weeks, MacWillie said.
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June 5, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Triple Crown or triple letdown? The odds, if not necessarily the Belmont Stakes gods, point toward Smarty Jones winning today and scoring a rare sweep in the series. Then the racing pundits could turn to their next task: Finding the proper niche for the modestly built red colt among the 11 previous Triple Crown winners.
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June 8, 2002 | Randy Harvey
The woman in Billy Turner's office on Belmont Park's backside asks him to autograph a book about the Kentucky Derby. She opens the book to the cover page, showing him signatures from many of horse racing's greatest trainers, from the dearly departed such as Woody Stephens and Lucien Laurin to Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert. "I'm not sure I belong," Turner says with a smile, signing anyway. Maybe he's right, if he's talking about training graded stakes winners.
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May 8, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A horse trainer for most of his life, Doug Peterson, 50, remembers one year, nearly a quarter of a century ago, better than any other. The star of the Peterson stable that year, 1978, was Seattle Slew, who died Tuesday morning at a farm near Lexington, Ky. Then 26, Peterson had been hired late in 1977 by owners Karen and Mickey Taylor and veterinarian Jim Hill as the private trainer for Tayhill Stable, replacing Billy Turner.
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April 18, 2001
Horse racing's Triple Crown winners and their ages at death (Seattle Slew, 27, is still alive): Whirlaway Died at 15 Secretariat 19 Sir Barton 21 Citation 25 War Admiral 25 Affirmed 26 Omaha 27 Gallant Fox 27 Assault 28 Count Fleet 33 Source: World Features Syndicate
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May 8, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A horse trainer for most of his life, Doug Peterson, 50, remembers one year, nearly a quarter of a century ago, better than any other. The star of the Peterson stable that year, 1978, was Seattle Slew, who died Tuesday morning at a farm near Lexington, Ky. Then 26, Peterson had been hired late in 1977 by owners Karen and Mickey Taylor and veterinarian Jim Hill as the private trainer for Tayhill Stable, replacing Billy Turner.
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May 8, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seattle Slew, a crooked-legged colt who was rejected by one sales company as a yearling before being sold cheaply by another, died Tuesday at a Kentucky farm, 25 years to the day of his Kentucky Derby victory and in the silver-anniversary year of his Triple Crown sweep. Seattle Slew, who was 28, was the last surviving Triple Crown champion and leaves racing for the first time without a living Triple Crown winner.
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May 8, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE
Bill Shoemaker never rode Seattle Slew, but the jockey played key roles in three of the Triple Crown winner's races and two of his defeats. Seattle Slew might not even have won the Triple Crown but for the sportsmanship of Shoemaker in the 1977 Kentucky Derby. Undefeated in six starts, Seattle Slew went into the Derby at top-heavy 1-2 odds. Shoemaker was riding Get The Axe, who was on a seven-race losing streak and went off at 27-1. Seattle Slew drew the No.
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