Nov 27, 2004
Former Seattle Slew trainer dies
By: Sports Network
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Doug Peterson, who trained Seattle Slew
one year after the horse won the 1977 Triple Crown, was found dead in his
hotel room over the weekend. He was 53-years-old.
Peterson died Sunday evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Hollywood Park
and an autopsy to determine the cause of death will be conducted Wednesday.
One of Southern California's top claiming trainers, Peterson took over the
training of Seattle Slew in 1978 after the horse's owners, Karen and
Mickey Taylor, fired trainer Billy Turner.
Peterson then led the horse to several major victories, including the
Marlboro Cup, Woodward Stakes and Stuyvesant Handicap. Seattle Slew earned
an Eclipse Award as champion older male of 1978 and retired soon after
that achievement. He won 14 of 17 career races and earned more than $1.2
million, but died in May 2002 at age 28.
Peterson was also known for training multiple stakes winners Sigfreto and
Apalachee Ridge, who set a six furlong track record at Hollywood Park in 1997.
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