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.
Here's the thing about a runner like 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra -- about any athlete, really, who has accomplished the extraordinary.
Forget Horse of the Year. Let's just make Zenyatta horse of the century.
It is all systems go for Team Zenyatta en route to the April 9 Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park, a race the 6-year-old mare won in 2008 and has been pointing toward since the beginning of the year.
This Saturday, in the 25 minutes it takes to put on two races from paddock to finish line, Charles Cella will get the answer he's been looking for.
What's keeping Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta from meeting on the racetrack? A supreme lack of cooperation between the runners' owners, who refuse to bend their iron egos enough to make it happen.
They came to watch the filly run, pressing up to the iron gates of Saratoga Race Course early that morning.