The power of passion

Updated: April 19, 2013, 4:11 PM ET
By Amanda Duckworth | Special to ESPN.com

The morning of the post position draw for the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a young man stopped to talk to someone else sitting at my table. As happens more often than not at these types of events, we were discussing who we thought would win Keeneland's signature race. He tapped a name on my list of entrants, smiled and walked away.

The following evening, as I made my way downtown for Thursday Night Live, a weekly outdoor event in Lexington, rain descended from the sky in sheets. I ...

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