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As stellar as Silverbulletday was in gaining honors as the champion 2-year-old filly in 1998 and as the champion 3-year-old filly the next season, there will always be a “what if” attached to her career.

What if she had not drawn far outside, post 14, for the Preakness? What if she had received a more favorable post and been allowed to compete in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown?

Some athletic performances are so magnificent they assume an otherworldly feel. They are dream-like in quality – and yet wonderfully real.

Everyone loves a longshot, and most people in horse racing have a colorful story about a memorable winner at a huge price. Owner and breeder Arthur Hancock III shared the following with Jeff Lowe:

As a native Kentuckian and fourth-generation horseman, Arthur Hancock looks back in awe at what he can only describe as an out-of-body experience watching his homebred Gato Del Sol erupt for a late-running victory in the 1982 Kentucky Derby at odds of 21.20-1.

Like the titanic battles of Affirmed and Alydar and Sunday Silence and Easy Goer, undefeated Colin owes much of his greatness to arch rival Fair Play. Although he could never defeat Colin, Fair Play's game resilience provided Colin with a most formidable adversary.

There are few certainties in life or in the sport of horse racing. But just as you can count on the changing of the seasons, you can count on Jonathan Sheppard sending out winners by the dozen, year after year, in tests of both pure speed and dexterity over jumps.

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