His only defeat came when his owners went to Hollywood Park in search of glitter and gold and their reach exceeded Slew's grasp of the surface. They underestimated the toll the Triple Crown had taken on the horse, and they broke another racing rule, a very old one, which says that if you are good let the opposition come to you. Never go looking for horses to beat you, because they are out there somewhere.
In other divisions the awards will be easier to hand out—top 2-year-old filly, Lakeville Miss; 3-year-old filly, Our Mims; older horse, Forego, of course; handicap mare, Cascapedia; sprinter, Seattle Slew; grass horse, probably Majestic Light, but three $150,000-plus turf races remain to be run.
Alydar and Affirmed will go head to head one final time in the Laurel Futurity on Oct. 29. Both stables are eager for the matchup. If Alydar comes home in front that day, one could consider a third nomination for Horse of the Year. Sweet Tooth, the colt's dam, also produced Our Mims. It would seem that a mare that comes up with two champions in one season deserves something more than a pat on the neck and a handful of Kentucky clover.