This year, any Breeders' Cup matchup between the two super females -- a logical showdown destination -- never had a chance because Jackson and Asmussen refused to race Rachel Alexandra on synthetics. Trainer John Shirreffs, who raced Zenyatta on the synthetics and said he kept her mostly in the West because "her fans out here deserved to see her," may hate synthetics worse than Asmussen.
Asked his reaction to the likelihood that Santa Anita would do away with the synthetics, he responded with sarcasm.
"See this little crocodile tear in my eye," he said.
Even though the new surface won't be in at Santa Anita until the fall Oak Tree meeting, Jackson agreed that it is now conceivable that the two great horses could race at The Great Race Place.