The Story of Seattle Slew's First Champion
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
When Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew retired from racing in 1978 to stand at stud at Spendthrift Farm, no one could be certain he would be a successful sire. But just four years later, his dark bay daughter Landaluce won the Hollywood Lassie Stakes by 21 lengths—a margin of victory that remains the largest ever in any race by a two-year-old at Hollywood Park. California horse racing had a new superstar, and Slew was launched on a stud career that would make him one of the most influential sires in North America. Like her father, Landaluce soon became a national celebrity, and was poised to become the next American super-horse. But those dreams ended when the two-year-old died in her stall at Santa Anita four months later, the victim of a swift and mysterious illness. Today, with her "I Love Luce" bumper stickers long-gone, the filly has been largely forgotten.
In Landaluce: The Story of Seattle Slew's First Champion, Mary Perdue tells the story of a horse whose short but meteoric racing career could have changed racing history forever. Sparking comparisons to Ruffian, Landaluce helped elevate California horse racing to the national stage and might have been the first filly to ever win the Triple Crown. In telling this story, Perdue explores the lives and careers of Landaluce's breeders, owners, and trainer D. Wayne Lukas, as well as her famous sire, Seattle Slew.
Rather than simply reciting Landaluce's accomplishments or probing the mystery of her death, Perdue explores how one filly captured the imagination of racing fans across the country and set the stage for another filly turned super-horse, Zenyatta, in the decades to come.
2. Chapter One: Leslie and Myrtlewood
3. Chapter Two: Cambridge Stables and the Spendthrift Connection
4. Chapter Three: Seattle Slew Day
5. Chapter Four: Slew In the Shed
6. Chapter Five: April 11, 1980
7. Chapter Six: Growing Up
8. Chapter Seven: Wayne and Terlingua
9. Chapter Eight: Thoroughbreds All the Way
10. Chapter Nine: One Bay Filly
11. Chapter Ten: Stalwart Hopes
12. Chapter Eleven: Good From the Beginning
13. Chapter Twelve: "She Just Went"
14. Chapter Thirteen: Her Sister's Shoes
15. Chapter Fourteen: Miss California Becomes Miss America
16. Chapter Fifteen: Pleasant Surprise
17. Chapter Sixteen: Making the Grade
18. Chapter Seventeen: Hurray for Hollywood
19. Chapter Eighteen: Starlet
20. Chapter Nineteen: Last Race
21. Chapter Twenty: Grieving
22. Chapter Twenty-One: Getting Through
23. Chapter Twenty-Two: Futurity
24. Chapter Twenty-Three: Eclipse
25. Chapter Twenty-Four: Legacy
26. Chapter Twenty-Five: Forever a Champion
There is no more powerful force in racing than the promise of greatness, and no racehorse in history promised more than Landaluce, the filly who won her first five starts by a breathtaking 46 lengths and evoked comparisons to the best runners in history. Here, author Mary Perdue takes readers on a riveting journey not just through Landaluce's two years on earth, but across decades of horse racing history, from the Great Depression to the 1980s, from Kentucky to California, from breeding shed to euthanasia. The great Landaluce was sui generis, but her story is all too familiar: brilliance teased, ending in tragedy. Perdue's work centers on one horse, but taps racing's every vein—it is essential reading for fans of the sport.~Tim Layden, writer-at-large at NBC Sports