Soccer is arguably the truest of team sports. But it is oddly at its most exhilarating when a sudden burst of individual virtuosity makes it something else. From Maradona to Messi to Neymar, the solo goal is soccer's most beautiful outlier.
It was half past nine on Monday of the Thanksgiving week and Frazil had just finished galloping a mile and a half, something that he had done almost every day of the last year, on the tracks at the 430-acre complex at Belmont Park. The park is like a world unto itself. Birds of different colors and varieties, ranging from the Red-bellied Woodpecker to the Yellow-rumped Warbler swoop over even as grooms and jockeys go about their daily routines.