Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is given a bath by Charlie Figueroa after a training session in preparation for The Belmont Stakes on June 5, 2009 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Five-year-old gelding Rapid Redux registered his 19th consecutive victory in the sixth race at Laurel Park on October 27th, 2011, equaling the consecutive-win mark held jointly by Zenyatta and Peppers Pride.
Quite frankly, I was terrified of the beast. My horse was dwarfed in comparison to this steed. He seemed to summon thunder itself when he stomped his hooves. The wind moved to his command as his nostrils flared and he swished his tail. He was a thing of power, the embodiment of nature.