Once horse racing's in your blood, they say, there's no way to remove it.
But of all people, Rene Douglas had the right to try.
Paralyzed in his lower extremities in a career-ending spill on May 23,
2009, the former jockey spent this past year out of the spotlight,
quietly attempting to heal from physical and emotional scars he
incurred when his mount fell and landed on top of him at Arlington
Park. He's a very private person, and he hasn't been back to the track.
Still, in spite of his absence, his ties to a sport he's known since
childhood remain strong.
Now the best therapy in the world for Douglas has been found in the
form of a thoroughbred -- 3-year-old Golden Moka -- who upset the
$500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes a few months ago and could be favored
in Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.
It's the kind of story you only find in racing.