05 June 2007

The final foal - at Mountaineer

A comment from Michael reminded me that Mountaineer was recently graced by Maggie Slew, the last foal to be sired by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. Michael's been a fan of Maggie for some time, so it is with a twinge of sadness that I offer these photos of her in what's been called "the ugliest paddock on earth." She had post position 9 in the Decoration Day Handicap (Race 3 on 5/28):

Maggie Slew, the 9 horse in the Decoration Day Handicap at Mountaineer 2007Above, you can see the satellite dishes that send the simulcast out to OTBs everywhere. Below, you can see the face of the 2006 Indiana Horse of the Year:

Maggie Slew, the 9 horse, and Water Gap, the 3, before the Decoration Day Handicap at Mountaineer
Maggie Slew went off as the favorite in the $75,000 mile turf race. It was her first outing on grass, and it looked to me as if she didn't really like the surface. She finished last in a field of 11. At least she's been the star of an Eclipse award-winning documentary.


Michael said...

I didn't even comment about her running at MNR on my blog... i wonder if last place is a sign abour her ability on turf, or her ability period...

Rising Rainbow said...

My take om Mike's comment is knowing mares, it doesn't have to be about either. Mares can be put out because something is foreign to them and be distracted but many of them get used to whatever the new thing is and get over it, unless, of course, they've been abused for it, and then they never forget. You don't want to make those girls mad.