11/30/2011 3:25PM

Chief Seattle, led Indiana stallions, dead at 14


Chief Seattle, who led Indiana’s sire rankings in 2010, died in October at age 14.

A Seattle Slew horse, Chief Seattle stood at Lake Shore Farm in Scottsburg, Ind., where staff found him dead in his paddock on Oct. 28, according to farm manager Gale Bess.

Chief Seattle finished second in the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes in his four career starts. As a sire, he is best known for getting record-setting Canadian champion Shillelagh Slew, Grade 2 winner and millionaire Bold Chieftain, Grade 2 winner Seafree, and overseas champions Free Race and Sophia Slew.

Chief Seattle currently ranks second to Domestic Dispute on the Indiana general sire list with $1,653,512 in earnings. He stood this year for $2,500.

“He was a good stallion for us, and he’ll be sorely missed,” Bess said.