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Name These Rivals!


Rival Clue #1 - Born the same year, one rival was a homebred, while the other was bred by a Hall of Fame trainer.


Rival Clue #2 - Each rival was a stakes winner at two, although one broke her maiden in her ninth start.


Rival Clue #3 - The other was a Champion Juvenile Filly, finishing first or second in five straight stakes races.


Rival Clue #4 - Their only meeting at two came in a Belmont Park maiden race, where they ran 1-2.


Rival Clue #5 – At three, their first meeting came in a Grade 1 race west of the Mississippi, with the same winner. 


Rival Clue #6 - The Kentucky Oaks was next, where for the second straight time they finished first and third.


Do you know who they are yet?


Rival Clue #7 - After that it was back to the East Coast, where they combined for a sweep of the Triple Tiara.


Rival Clue #8 – The filly who won the first three meetings was the first to win an Eclipse Award. 


Rival Clue #9 – One of the rivals once rattled off three straight stakes wins by a total of more than 30 lengths.


Rival Clue #10 – All six of their meetings concluded with one of the two going to the winner's circle, although one was via a DQ.


Rival Clue #11 – Their final meeting took place in a Belmont Park allowance race.

Rival Clue #12 – The filly who won the last three meetings was the second to win an Eclipse Award.


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The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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