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.