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Lava Man: the flagbearer for Airdrie Stud stallion Slew City Slew

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Airdrie Stud stalwart Slew City Slew pensioned

SLEW CITY SLEW, a son of Seattle Slew and an Airdrie Stud tenant since 1990, has been pensioned from stud duty due to declining fertility aged 27.

A multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire on the track when racing for Joseph Allen and Tayhill Stable, Slew City Slew carved out a niche as an affordable central Kentucky stallion known for passing on both ability and soundness to his progeny.

To date, his offspring have earned more than $43 million and have been represented by 54 individual stakes winners.

His best representative was Lava Man, a seven-time Grade 1 Winner and earner of more that $5.6 million. Lava Man retired as one of the greatest California performers of all time, matching Native Diver's feat of three consecutive Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup triumphs and becoming the first horse to win a Grade 1 on dirt, turf and synthetic tracks.

Other notable progeny by Slew City Slew include Grade 1 stakes winner Sis City and Canadian horse of the year Win City.

Slew City Slew is also damsire of Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap winnerPool Land and this year's Grade 3 scorer Motovato.

Airdrie Stud's Brereton Jones said: "Slew City Slew was the quintessential racehorse sire. He established a great reputation amongst breeders as an affordable stallion that wouldget you a good, sound, tough racehorse and that's why he was able to stay competitive in the tough Kentucky market for all these years.

"He's been awfully good to us for a long time, and he'll continue to live out the rest of hislife in the best of care."





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