• Short Summary

    BELMONT, NEW YORK STATE & KENTUCKY, USA

    Swale, the three year old colt that won this year's Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, died suddenly after a training session at the Belmont Race Track on June 17.

  • Description

    BELMONT, JUNE 17 (NBC)
    1. GV ZOOM INTO SV Body of Swale, champion race horse, being loaded into ambulance. 0.11
    2. CU Swale's veterinary surgeon Dr. John McGuire speaks. (SOT) 0.22
    3. GV Ambulance with Swale's body drives away. 0.30
    KENTUCKY (NBC)
    4. GV Paddock where Swale's heart was to be buried. 0.34
    BELMONT (NBC)
    5. GVs & SV State investigators at stables, questioning personnel.(3 SHOTS) 0.48
    6. CU Swale's other veterinary surgeon, Dr. Robert Gritz, speaks.(SOT) 0.59
    7. CU Swale's trainer, Woody Stephens, speaks. (SOT) 1.10
    8. GVs Pathologists at work in labs. (3 SHOTS) 1.17
    9. GV Vet's surgery PULL BACK TO skip. (2 SHOTS) 1.25
    FILE (CBS)
    10. TV Swale racing at Belmont, ahead of field. 1.36
    JUNE 18, 1984 (NBC)
    11. SVs & GV s Horses being led by trainers at Belmont stables. 1.44
    12. CU Assistant trainer, Philip Gleaves, speaks. (SOT) 1.51
    FILE (ABC)
    13. GV Swale winning Kentucky Derby. 2.04
    TRANSCRIPTS:
    MCGUIRE: (SEQ 2) "We're dumbfounded, it was so unexpected, it is just one of those things. If you were sitting at the table and one of the members of your family just dropped dead, would you be dumbfounded? I'd say yes, especially if there was no reason for it."
    GRITZ: (SEQ 6) "Foul play is a consideration, and we are thoroughly investigating this possibility."
    STEPHENS: (SEQ 7) "Belmont Park has about as good security in a ground as you can get, but I've always thought this, if they want to get to you, they get to you. But I don't know who would have wanted it that time."
    GLEAVES: (SEQ 12) "Yesterday it was just complete devastation because it was just a total shock to us all, but now, after the facts, we are wondering just what happened."
    InitialsCC/JRS

    SPORT: HORSE RACINGNOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER JENNIFER MCLOGAN, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BELMONT, NEW YORK STATE & KENTUCKY, USA

    Swale, the three year old colt that won this year's Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, died suddenly after a training session at the Belmont Race Track on June 17. According to the horse's trainers, Swale had just finished a morning run when he kneeled over and died. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Swale was the son of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. He earned almost two million US dollars during his tragically shortened carer. Swale won nine of his 14 races, finishing second in two others, and was worth an estimated 20 million US dollars. suspicions have been raised that he may have been poisoned, and an examination of some vital organs thwarted when it was discovered that they had been already disposed of. In Kentucky race horse tradition, Swale's body will be flown back to his home farm in the state and his head, heart and hooves buried on the sport where he first stood as a foal.

    Source: NBC/ABC/CBS

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    Film ID:
    VLVA17D7BLKLVA6YVMZ8ABY3OOB2R
    Media URN:
    VLVA17D7BLKLVA6YVMZ8ABY3OOB2R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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