Seattle Slew’s Trainer Hopes American Pharoah Joins ‘Triple Crown Club’

by | 05.27.2015 | 8:38am
Billy Turner, who trained Seattle Slew

At age 75, Billy Turner is certainly 'one-of-a-kind'.

As Bob Ehalt writes in his latest column for, Turner is the “only person on Earth who can say he has trained a Triple Crown winner.”

Turner trained the mighty Seattle Slew, who captured the Triple Crown in 1977. The colt remains the only horse to do so while undefeated.

Ehalt interviewed the longtime trainer recently and they discussed American Pharoah's chances of winning the upcoming Belmont Stakes and potentially becoming the sport's 12th Triple Crown winner. After Affirmed captured the Triple Crown in 1978, Turner never thought it would be almost four decades before possibly seeing the feat accomplished again.

“I could see 10 years going by without a Triple Crown winner,” Turner said. “But 37? Never. I never dreamed it would be that long.”

Turner would love to see American Pharoah win the Belmont, and for Bob Baffert to join him as a trainer of a Triple Crown winner.

“Can you see me and Bob Baffert sitting around smoking cigars in the Triple Crown club?” Turner said with a laugh. “That would be quite a scene.”


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