With Rachel Alexandra retired and Zenyatta approaching her final race,
one of the strangest “rivalries” of recent decades — one that involved
two horses who never ran against each other — has come to an end.
too bad the two didn’t meet on the track in 2009. Not only was this the
match-up everyone wanted to see, but it also might have prevented much
of the loose talk that has occurred over the past two years.
a time when racing’s myriad problems sometimes seem to threaten its
very existence, one would think followers of the sport would celebrate
(and be grateful for) two such unique talents. Instead, some have felt
compelled to choose between the two horses, and further, to justify
their choice by tearing down the other.