08/06/2001 11:00PM

Ol' man Slew just keeps siring greats

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LAS VEGAS - When Scorpion won last weekend's Jim Dandy Stakes, he became the latest stakes winner for his sire, Seattle Slew, one of this sport's true giants. In fact, Seattle Slew, now 27, has had quite a year, and he may be crowned king of Saratoga by the end of the meet. So far, his runners have captured the Jim Dandy Stakes and Go for Wand Handicap, both Grade 1 races.

Scorpion is the fourth runner by Seattle Slew to win a Grade 1 race in 2001. Fleet Renee, Flute, and Serra Lake also won Grade 1's. Fleet Renee won the Mother Goose Stakes, Flute won Kentucky Oaks, and 4-year-old Serra Lake, who earlier this year won the Grade 3 Pimlico Distaff Handicap, added the Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap on July 29.

Fleet Renee and Flute renew their rivalry in the Aug. 18 Alabama Stakes and Scorpion must be considered a very real threat for the Travers Stakes.

Scorpion comes from a female family that was cultivated by renowned breeder Ethel D. Jacobs. His dam, the Chief's Crown mare Petiteness, is out of the Affirmed mare Affirmatively, a daughter of Straight Deal, champion handicap mare in 1967 who went on to a very successful career as a broodmare. Straight Deal's other foals include Belonging (dam of Belong to Me), Desiree (dam of Adored), and Reminiscing (dam of Commemorate, Persevere, and Premiership).

With Seattle Slew on top and Chief's Crown on the bottom, Scorpion is bred to run long, and should be even more effective at 1 1/4 miles, the Travers distance.

Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, underwent serious back surgery last year, and while his future as a stallion was very much in doubt, he has overcome the odds and resumed breeding this year. At 27, there won't be many more foal crops to come, but there are some highly promising offspring yet to start their careers.

Seattle Slew's well-bred juveniles

Seattle Slew has 68 2-year-olds and 66 yearlings. His current crop of 3-year-olds include stakes winners Fleet Renee, Flute, Scorpion, and Sahara Slew, and many of his juveniles could be future stakes winners. Below is a list of some of Seattle Slew's 2-year-olds:

Alternate (filly out of Strike a Balance, by Green Dancer): A half-sister to Peaks and Valleys, one of last year's promising freshman stallions and the sire of Dollar Bill.

Bold Truth (colt out of Forty Nine Hearts, by Forty Niner): Dam is a full sister to Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note.

Chenoweth (filly out of Naughty Notions, by Relaunch): Third dam is Del Mar Oaks winner French Charmer, the dam of European champion miler Zilzal. French Charmer's half-sister Highest Regard produced Awe Inspiring, while two other half-sisters produced European champion Polish Precedent and Culture Vulture.

Collectors Edition (filly out of Lyfestar, by Lyphard): Second dam is a full sister to Six Crowns, the dam of Chief's Crown. Third dam is champion Chris Evert.

Cool Slew (filly out of Icy Warning, by Caveat): Dam is a full sister to stakes winner Ops Smile.

Dancingthruseattle (filly out of Handy Dancing, by Gone West): Third dam is One Thousand Guineas Stakes (Group 1) winner Glad Rags. Family of Terpsichorist, Mirthful Flirt, and Colonial Affair.

Destination (filly out of Alydar's Promise, by Alydar): Full sister to General Meeting. Dam is a half-sister to Blushing Promise, the dam of Carson City.

Dominque's Slew (filly out of Winnetka, by Theatrical): Dam is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Turf winner Fraise.

Fareed (colt out of Perfect Example, by Far North): A half-brother to European champion Culture Vulture.

Here I Am Lord (filly out of Sunset Wells, by Sadler's Wells): Second dam is a half-sister to Lac Ouimet, L'Carriere, Salem Drive, and St. Jovite.

Lethal Temper (filly out of Shy Princess, by Irish River): Half-sister to Group 2 winner Diffident; dam is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Mile winner Opening Verse and stakes winner So She Sleeps.

Maggie O'Slew (filly out of Miss Maggie, by Afleet): Second dam is a half-sister to Groovy and Harbor Springs, the dam of Boston Harbor.

Marshal Cody (colt out of Winter Sparkle, by Northjet): Full brother to Williamstown. Dam is a half-sister to Hay Patcher, the dam of Broad Brush.

Queen Mama (filly out of Hot Novel, by Mari's Book): Half-sister to Behrens.

Rosetti (colt out of Chic Shirine, by Mr. Prospector): Half-brother to Tara Roma, the dam Serra Lake. Stakes-winning dam is a full sister to champion Queena (dam of Brahms).

Seattle Santa (colt out of Santa Elena, by Deputy Minister): Dam is a half-sister to Lakeway; second dam is a full sister to Saratoga Six and third dam is a full sister to Bold Forbes.

Slew's Final Answer (filly out of Fortune Pending, by Fortunate Prospect): Half-sister to Palmeiro.

Something of Value (filly out of Wortheroatsingold): Half-sister to Daylight Savings; third dam is legendary foundation mare Missy Baba, family of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, Honor Grades, Lemon Drop Kid, and Raja Baba.

Splasher (filly out of Zagora, by Kingmambo): Dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Ends Well and Fred Astaire, out of champion Late Bloomer.

Uncommon Queen (filly out of Fitted Crown, by Chief's Crown): Three-quarter sister to Excellent Meeting.