Does anyone out there remember the Seals and Crofts song called We May Never Pass This Way Again? It's a song about the whimsical nature of life itself, of how fleeting certain moments, certain eras, certain feelings in life can really be. When I listen to that song, the word that comes to mind more than any other is nostalgia. Memories are wonderful, bittersweet, and winsome all at the same time. All of those things collectively add up to the concept of nostalgia. I've posted the song farther down below in case you'd like to hear it.
Horse racing fans are also a nostalgic bunch, and with good reason. A pristine example is the decade of the 1970's, correctly labeled as the Golden Age of Horse Racing. For the nostalgic racing fan, one of life's treasured memories is that the last two Triple Crown Champions, Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978), were allowed to compete at the fully mature age of four. Both horses really strutted their stuff in their respective four year old campaigns, with Slew taking 1978 Handicap honors and Affirmed capturing the 1979 Handicap title and his second consecutive Horse of the Year title. Affirmed started his mature season with two hiccups, finishing third and second in the Grade II Malibu and San Fernando stakes races, respectively. But he really picked up steam after that, and started a fantastic winning streak to close out his Hall of Fame career, winning the Strub stakes by ten lengths while conceding eleven pounds, the Santa Anita Handicap by four and a half, and then the Californian by five while toting 130 pounds for the first time. His next race would be five weeks later (June 24) at the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup, where he would try to become the first horse in history to surpass $2 million in career earnings. Relax and enjoy watching one of the greats of all-time as he continued to roll through his four year old campaign: