Seattle Slew - Winter Sparkle, by Northjet (IRE) | 1990 Horse - (View Pedigree)

This son of Seattle Slew ran one of the fastest miles in history.

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This strikingly handsome, personable son of Seattle Slew ran one of the fastest miles in history. In the Withers Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park he set a track record of 1:32.79 in 1993, toting 124 pounds, 13 more than the previous record holder, Conquistador Cielo. His three year racing career included wins in other stakes, seconds in the Jerome H. (G1) and King’s Bishop (G2), among others.

After his racing career he first stood at Payson Stud in Kentucky before relocating to Silvernails Farm in New York. Williamstown sired 22 winners from 55 runners. In 2007 he moved to Iowa, but soon after became infertile. Plans to euthanize him were underway when Aubrey Insurance, which had taken possession of him, contacted Old Friends - a stroke of luck for us as well as “Willy.” The impressive nearly black son of Slew can now be seen, white face and legs flashing, eagle eyes sparkling as he enjoys a gallop across his paddock.
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Bred in KY by Equus Breeders. Foaled March 8, 1990

24 Starts, 5 Wins, 5 Places, 5 Shows. Career Earnings: $361,276

Racing Owner: Virginia Croft Payson
Trainers: Peter M. Vestal, Mark Hennig
Regular Jockeys: P. Day, C. McCarron, D. Kutz

Set track record for a mile at Belmont (Withers S 1993)

Biggest wins: Withers S at Belmont in 1993, Youthful BCH at Thistledown 1992, Prevue S at Turfway Park 1992

Other notable races: 2nd in Jerome H (G1) at Belmont 1993, 2nd Kings Bishop (G2) at Saratoga 1993, 2nd Fort Springs S at Keeneland 1992, 3rd Arlington Classic (G2) 1993, 3rd Lafayette (G3) at Keeneland 1993, 3rd Bel Air H (G2) Hollywood Park 1994, 3rd Colin S at Belmont 1993

As a 2 year old, won against Wallenda at Saratoga

At Stud:
Stood at Metropolitan Stud, NY, and elsewhere

Sired Vinemeister (Salvatore Mile), Eze (Prebbles H), Ivars Big Peaceful (Restoration S), Town Queen (My Charmer S), Lexington Park (Sam Houston Turf Sprint) and other stakes horses

Joined Old Friends November 2007
Modified On: 12/1/2013


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