This Day In Sports History (June 11th) – Seattle Slew

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It was on this day in 1977 that Seattle Slew won the 109th running of the Belmont Stakes.  With his win at Belmont, Seattle Slew became only the tenth horse in history to win the Triple Crown and with his 9 for 9 record, he became the first Triple Crown winner to finish the series undefeated.

In the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, Seattle Slew entered the race as a heavy favorite.  He would be challenged by Run Dusty Run, but would go on to win the race by 1 and three-quarter lengths.  At the Preakness Stakes, Seattle Slew would once again be in a tight race, this time beating out Iron Constitution by 1 and a half lengths.

At Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown, Seattle Slew won in a more convincing fashion, winning the race by four lengths to capture the Triple Crown.  Later that year he was named the “American Horse of the Year.”

Here is Seattle Slew winning the Belmont Stakes.

Notable Birthdays

Joe Montana, NFL – Born June 11th 1956 (age 57) in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

Brock Marion, NFL – Born June 11th 1970 (age 43) in Bakersfield, California

Jose Reyes, MLB – Born June 11th 1983 (age 30) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

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