Expectations of a champion

Updated: August 29, 2010, 10:39 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Here's the thing about a runner like 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra -- about any athlete, really, who has accomplished the extraordinary.

We don't want the magic to end.

We don't want Lance Armstrong to face another round of doping charges or Brett Favre to grow older and struggle to play. We don't want Andre Agassi to retire after losing the U.S. Open, or Tiger Woods to go winless through nine tournaments. We are idealists, and in life and especially ...

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