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Cigar with his dam, Solar Slew


Cigar, bay colt
foaled 1990
Palace Music, 1981 The Minstrel, 1974
Come My Prince, 1972
Solar Slew, 1982 Seattle Slew, 1974
Gold Sun (Arg), 1974

Palace Music
1981 Chestnut stallion, The Minstrel x Come My Prince
Cigar's Sire

Palace Music raced in both Europe and North America. As a 3 and 4 year old in Europe, he raced 10 times winning 4 times. He was then sent to North America where he raced 11 times winning three times. His overall race record is 21 7-5-3 with earnings, GBP 111,163, US$584,300 and 729,350 FF.

Notable wins include:
Dubai Champion S-G1, Newmarket (10f)
John Henry S-G1, Hollywood Park (9f - turf)
Bay Meadows H-G2, Bay Meadows (9f - turf)
Prix Daphnis-G3, Evry (1800m)
La Coupe-G3, Maisons-Laffitte (2000m)
Colonel F W Koester H-LR, Santa Anita (8f - turf)
Prix Phebe, Saint-Cloud (1500m)

Overall Stud Record Summary can be found HERE

The Minstrel (Can)
1974 Chestnut stallion, Northern Dancer x Fluer
Cigar's Grand-Sire on sire's side

The Minstrel was Horse of the Year in England and victories include Larkspur S. (Ire), Dewhurst S. Gr. 1 (GB), Irish 2000 Guineas Gr. 1 (IRE), Derby S. Gr. 1 (GB), Irish Sweeps Derby Gr. 1 (IRE), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond S. Gr.1 (GB). 3rd 2000 Guineas Gr.1 (GB).

Sire of 13 crops of racing age, 524 foals, 431 starters, 58 stakes winners, 6 champions, 308 winners of 931 races and earning $11,208,988 in N.A. Sire of dams of 95 stakes winners, including champions Zafonic, Flat Top, Don Matias(PER), Musical Prospect, Ajanta, Indiscretion, Coming West, Najib, and of China Visit, Key Change, Darnay(GB), Blu Air Force(IRE), Sajana, Carolina, Tinners Way, Unaccounted For, Performing Magic. Died 1990.

For picture see, The Minstrel

Solar Slew
1982 Dark Bay/Brown Mare, Seattle Slew x Gold Sun
Cigar's Dam

Bred by Murt Farm and Carl J. Maggio, Solar Slew old as yearling for $335,000 and then sold as a 2yo for $510,000. On the track, Solar Slew's record was 7 0-1-1 $5,825. Producer; dam of champion CIGAR; Also dam of MULCA (champion in Puerto Rico); Sent to Argentina 1990; back to U.S. 1995; Sold 2000 Keeneland January Sale for $2,800,000; sold at 2000 Keeneland November Sale for $1,300,000.

Seattle Slew
1974 Dark Bay/Brown stallion, Bold Reasoning x My Charmer
Cigar's Grand-Sire on dam's side

Seattle Slew was a great horse, and the only undefeated Kentucky Derby and Triple Corwn Winner. He was truly a horse of class.

Year Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
1976 3 3 0 0 $94,340
1977 7 6 0 0 $641,370
1978 7 5 2 0 $473,006
Career 17 14 2 0 $1,208,726
  • Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in 1976
  • Champion Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year in 1977
  • Champion Older Horse in 1978
  • Triple Crown winner in 1977
  • Won 1978 Marlboro Cup H. (G1) (3&up at 1 1/8 miles) at Belmont Park, defeating champion Affirmed by 3 lengths in a time of 1:45 4/5
  • Won 1978 Woodward S. (G1) (3&up at 1 1/4 miles) at Belmont Park, defeating Exceller by 4 lengths in a new track record time of 2:00
  • Set a new track record of 1:20 3/5 for seven furlongs at Hialeah Park (1977)

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