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Slew o'Gold wins the 1984 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park
Three Chimneys veterinarian Dr. Jim Morehead said. "Once we devised his air-conditioned stall this summer, he was quite comfortable but he was very happy last week when we finally got some cooler weather. Sandy (Hatfield, Three Chimneys stallion manager) commented that he practically dragged his groom to the paddock every morning last week. Indeed, on Sunday morning, he was jogging in his paddock. But Sunday afternoon he had a convergence of symptoms that told us his system was failing, and he was euthanized Sunday evening."
Slew o' Gold was buried at Three Chimneys where he had lived for 22 years.
"It's a very sad day for us," Three Chimneys owner Robert N. Clay said in a prepared statment. "He was our very first stallion, and he stood the 1985 season here all by himself. During that season, he sired an incredible four graded or group I stakes winners--an almost unheard of accomplishment. He sired six grade/group I winners in his first two crops."
Slew o'Gold in the paddock before the 1984 Marlboro Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park
"Slew o' Gold was truly one of the great ones, and we will be forever grateful to the Hills and the Taylors for giving us the opportunity to stand our first stallion," Clay said.
His first crop of foals in 1986 was impressive and included French Champion and English Group I winner Golden Opinion, plus Grade 1 winners Gorgeous, Awe Inspiring, Tactile. His second crop included Grade 1 winners Thirty Six Red and Dr. Root, but he failed to continue that success over time. His leading earner was 1991 colt Dramatic Gold, winner of the Meadowlands Cup (G1), Molson Million (G2), and Del Mar Breeders' Cup H. (G2), with total earnings of $2,567,630.
Overall, from 17 crops Slew o' Gold sired 28 stakes winners and his progeny earned $24,642,152.
"As a young horse, he was tough." Hatfield said. "He had a lot of Slew about him. But he mellowed with age, and we enjoyed each other's company a lot the last few years. We'll all miss him."
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Slew o'Gold (outside) breaks from the gate for the 1984 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)
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