As the Breeders' Cup countdown winds down, the next big topic is coming to the minds of race fans everywhere. Who is going to be Horse of the Year?
But has the Breeders' Cup really been that important when it comes to Horse of the Year honors since the turn of the century? While it certainly looks good on a resume, it hasn't been the end-all every year.
Let's take a look at how much weight a Breeders' Cup victory has carried since Charismatic won the award in 1999.