Before we begin, let me remind you that somewhere in the text of this column contains the name of my selection to win Saturday's 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
It's a little game I like to play called "The Subliminal Selection".
So, as you read through here, give yourself a pat on the back if you find the reference at first glance.
I'm kind of guessing you won't. Don't worry though, I'll provide a hint for you a little later.
In the meantime, enjoy.
The most memorable horse races almost always have a storyline.
In my career of covering races, which spans now 25 years, I'd guess there's been somewhere between 60,000 to 70,000 races I've witnessed.
That's a lot of time working on opinions and trying to choose winners or avoid losers.
90 percent of those races are almost immediately forgotten for the most part.
There's the notable few that will always stand out.
1982 Santa Anita Handicap. John Henry vs. Perrault. Perrault wins, but is ultimately disqualified in front of 80,000 fans at my first race ever attended in California.
1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff. The undefeated Personal Ensign rallies from well off the pace and appearing hopelessly defeated at the head of the lane to nip that year's Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors at the wire.
There will always be stories to tell. Tales of overcoming adversity, woven words of wisdom about triumph in the face of tragedy.
The 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic, held at Belmont Park in New York City, less than 45 days after the 9/11 tragedy. Track announcer Tom Durkin's emphatic "Tiznow wins it for America" call as the colt wins his second straight Classic.
There are tales of sheer bravery. The filly that defied a century of futility (and a horrible getaway from the gate).
The 2007 Belmont Stakes. Rags To Riches and jockey John Velasquez, in an all-out drive after a wide trip, overcoming Robby Albarado's masterful ride on Curlin, defeating that one at the wire and ending a streak of over 100 years where a filly couldn't win the third jewel of racing's Triple Crown.
Racing scribes and fans will invariably have stories to tell about their all-time favorite race, or races.
It's very possible that such a memory could take place Saturday as the field turns for home in the Run For The Roses.
And, win or lose, that's why horse racing remains the sport of kings.
So? Did you find the clue?
No? Tsk, tsk for you, but that's alright. Read through that 2007 paragraph again, check the entries for Saturday's Derby field and you'll have your clue.
Good luck at the races.