MSW Alternate (Seattle Slew–Strike a Balance, by Green Dancer), dam of MGSW and Grade I-producing sire Alternation (Distorted Humor), died Oct. 15th at her lifetime home, Pin Oak Stud. She was 23 years old. She will be buried at her birthplace.
The Pin Oak homebred won six races and placed another 11 times, seven in stakes, including the GII Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks, GIII Delaware Oaks, GIII Bewitch S. and the GIII Glens Falls H. She was trained by Graham Motion and earned over $550,000.
The dam of nine winners from 12 foals, Alternate produced three stakes winners, including two millionaires. GII Peter Pan S. winner Alternation won or placed in seven stakes, including the GII Oaklawn H., GIII Pimlico Special and GIII Razorback H. At stud, Alternation is the sire of 25 stakes horses to date, including multiple Grade I winner Serengeti Empress, who earned nearly $2.2 million. Alternate also produced Grade I winner and $1.6-million earner Higher Power (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of the GI Pacific Classic S. and Interrupted (Broken Vow), a Pin Oak homebred who scored five wins, was graded stakes-placed and earned over $250,000.
Hailing from a deep Pin Oak family, Alternate was a half-sister to Pin Oak champion Peaks and Valleys, out of a half-sister to Wedding Picture and Tonka Wakhan, all from the Pin Oak foundation mare Strike a Pose.