LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Occasionally, Ahmed Zayat will watch a clip of the 2010 Wood Memorial and daydream. He tries not to do it too much, but he can't help but think about what might have been.
Watching a horse as good as Eskendereya will do that to an owner. A year ago, after Zayat's horse dominated the Wood Memorial like few horses ever have, Eskendereya came to Louisville as a huge favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. But before the week even began, he was scratched with a leg injury, and he was retired shortly after.
“Every time I watch, with my son Justin, his Wood Memorial, the race gives me goose bumps,” Zayat said. “The sheer dominance, the beauty and the majesty of Thoroughbreds. That was a horse that was once in a lifetime. In the bottom of my heart he would have won the Triple Crown. It is very hard to think, ‘What if?’ ”