By late Saturday, the Sports world will know if there is a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 37 years. The last winner was Affirmed in 1978. No one could have guessed that it would be this long before another horse would accomplish this feat again.
Three years ago, a McKinsey & Co. report gave thoroughbred racing a wake-up call: If the Jockey Club and its kin didn't address the main issues facing racing, the sport would decline, becoming marginalized and moribund.
He was a retired jockey, an old soul who was deeply passionate about his sport. She was a horse trainer who came to the edge of death, but never let go of her dream. Then there was the horse who brought together the soul of his jockey and the heart of his trainer.
Racing fans, horse lovers, everyone who loves a great comeback story are also enjoying the "little bull" of a horse. To echo the message that was used in social media to support Paynter's team through their most difficult days ... Power-up Paynter!
Horse racing is a peculiarly insular sport, and the people in it can be as equally myopic in their view of the sport they love. But the Breeder's Cup has supplied them with the perfect opportunity to illustrate that not everyone as callously motivated as the ones that make the headlines.
In New York's upper Hudson Valley, it's high-five time for Giant Ryan and Weemissfrankie. Both horses were bred just up the road, both have won "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge races and it looks like both are going to the Breeders' Cup!
There are two more chances for everyone attending "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup qualifying races, to have an ownership interest in a horse running in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 5.