Rival Clue #1 - Our rivalry was short-lived, but packed plenty of punch within three memorable meetings.
Rival Clue #2 - Both champions, we were honored with year-end awards one year apart.
Rival Clue #3 - In our first meeting, we finished only a half-length apart at healthy odds of 8-1 and 14-1 respectively.
Rival Clue #4 - One rival began his career on the East Coast, earning his first three wins in Mid-Atlantic states.
Rival Clue #5 - The other rival’s career began in Louisville, but was not a winner until racing at Santa Anita for the first time.
Rival Clue #6 - While both of our conditioners still maintain prominent roles within the industry, only one is still a trainer.
Do you know who we are yet?
Rival Clue #7 - In our final meeting, we finished 1st and 2nd at odds of 9-2 and 4-5 respectively.
Rival Clue #8 - Each rival raced at 11 different racetracks, but only one of them raced overseas.
Rival Clue #9 - What would a rivalry be without a little friendly bumping in the stretch?
Rival Clue #10 - Despite sharing a talented grandsire, one rival was bred in Kentucky, while the other was not bred in the United States.
Rival Clue #11 - Both rivals finished their career with a hard fought, but popular, victory in a grade 1 stakes race only five weeks apart.
Rival Clue #12 - Born the same year, both rivals retired at four, with a combined lifetime record of 37-15-10-7.
Go ahead … Name us both!