“He steps forward to the challenge–eyes white with fury–blood pulsing through his veins. He shudders at nothing and no one, because his sense of self is stronger than his fear of pain. He is the Heavyweight Champion of the World. He is the prizefighter.”
It wasn’t his stature—though he was no small horse. The near-black Seattle Slew captivated human and equine alike. Possessing an all-knowing eye which so thoughtfully depicted his otherworldly intelligence, the son of Bold Reasoning was a sight to behold–masculine while refined.
It wasn’t his gait—though the horse Walter Farley described as “The true Black Stallion” sauntered with a confidence and self assuredness unprecedented. Modest beginnings went undetected to the untrained eye, as Seattle Slew commanded the attention and respect of those around him–more subjects than peers.
It wasn’t his speed— though he possessed an innate ability to outrun those left in his wake. It was, instead, unwavering spirit and an overwhelming will to win—an aptitude to overcome the toughest of blows, only to stand and fight once more. It was the strength of a trained dancer—the swiftness of an agile boxer. – it was the heart of a champion which so defined Seattle Slew’s legend.
It is for these reasons, he is remembered so— on this, the day of his birth, and every one between. Though he has long since passed, his presence remains a constant, ever alive within the hearts and minds of those who’ve loved him so.
Happy birthday to the Prizefighter… Seattle Slew.
The full feature story “The Prizefighter” will be coming to our readers in the Spring 2019 issue of The Thoroughbred Experience