I don't think I'm getting over this one anytime soon. Last year they held retirement ceremonies at HP and SA before they decided to bring her back this year. I hope they do again so I can say goodbye. I feel a bit ridiculous about this to be honest. I've followed the game since 89, and really became fascinated by it about the last 10 years (and I don't claim to be as knowledgeable as yall, especially Matt). But I've never been as captivated by a horse as her (like most of us, I can click off a bevy of favorites but maybe since I've seen her in person so many times she takes it), and I'm just gutted that she lost her last race.
I follow all kinds of teams that lose, so I'm not immune to having disappointment. And horse racing, a game where all but the best of us are lucky to do much more than break even given a long enough time at the track, reduces everyone to a mere mortal. All greats get beat eventually (except Personal Ensign I guess) -- and yet as I woke up this morning and went to the office (yes on a Sunday, the Entertainment world never sleeps) the race dominated my thoughts. I must've read 57 different articles today about it. Maybe I am a glutton for punishment...heheh.
At the end of the day, that's racing though. We'll go out and try to find the next great one, and come May there's the Triple Crown chase. Not sure I'll ever fall in love like this again though.