As odd as it may seem, Horse of the Year may ultimately be decided through a race at Del Mar ... in November.
If California Chrome can win Saturday's $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, it will make him part of racing's most exclusive fraternity.
Already the first month in 2014 is nearing an end and while January will never be confused with August on a racing calendar, we'll soon have a hint or two about what type of year awaits us.
As much as the Breeders' Cup may have resolved the debate over champions in some of Thoroughbred racing's divisions, as usual it did little to help explain what might happen six months from now in the Triple Crown.
Wise Dan came into this year as the Horse of the Year and in all likelihood he'll leave it with another crown in tow.
As another Triple Crown season is firmly positioned in the rear-view mirror, it seems only fitting to take a look at back at the highs and lows of the 2013 chase that was.
The Triple Crown is not on the line in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, but perhaps a simmering rivalry could ignite interest in the sport.
The laws of probability say that at some point in time someone is bound to sweep Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.