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Horse racing in North America is rich with history, and every era has its signature Thoroughbreds that transcend the sport.

It’s not unusual for pairs of human or equine athletes to be synonymous with each other.

Muhammad Ali had Joe Frazier.

Bjorn Borg had John McEnroe.

Affirmed had Alydar.

Give famous jockeys enough time to ride enough horses, and they’ll inevitably become linked with one particularly memorable champion. Ron Turcotte had Secretariat. Eddie Arcaro had Citation. Earl Sande had Gallant Fox, and more recently, Calvin Borel had Rachel Alexandra.

Songbird captured the heart of bloodstock agent Tom McGreevy the instant they exchanged glances.

McGreevy had scrutinized so many horses through the years, long enough to know that the great ones separate themselves from the good, the good distance themselves from the mediocre.

Songbird’s look all but demanded that he purchase her in behalf of Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm.

Rivalries are on the verge of becoming passé these days.

With shorter careers and horses receiving more time off between races, the best horses are squaring off much less frequently than decades ago.

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