Details are the difference between good stuff and great stuff. In the details about the life and times of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew’s offspring, a bay filly racehorse, named Landaluce, author Mary Perdue covers all aspects of the horse’s life, including her owners, the stables where she was raised, and the courses she ran.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Landaluce captured the public’s hearts and interest like no other horse since Secretariat. She was a fast thoroughbred who routinely outran purportedly stronger male horses. Purchased by Bob French and Barry Beal, oilmen from Midland, Texas, for $650,000, and trained by U.S. Racing Hall of Famer Wayne Lukas, Landaluce was expected to make history like her father had. Sadly, her life ended before she had a chance to prove just how magnificent she could be.
Perdue is a skillful storyteller. Readers will be enchanted by the tale of the splendid animal who was loved by fans from coast to coast and whose untimely death in November 1982 stunned the horse racing world.