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Arkansas Derby Last of its Kind

Keeneland is now back on dirt and that means the Blue Grass Stakes is back to being a major prep for the Kentucky Derby and no longer a haven for grass and synthetic horses looking to back door it into the Run for the Roses.... Read More

Revisiting Penny's Birthday Party One Year Later

This column seemed to be well-received by Secretariat fans last year, so I thought I would reprint it as an annual Birthday present to Penny and all Big Red 's fans who might have missed it last year. Mrs. Chenery celebrates her 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 27. So let's return to her party one year later.... Read More

Welcome Home, Silver Charm

Many racing fans today who have lived through nine Triple Crown sweep attempts since 1997 take for granted the 3-year-old media star who reaches out to mainstream America to capture the attention and the hearts of the general public. ... Read More

Zayats Tested Like Few Owners Before

There is little doubt that Ahmed Zayat is determined to own Thoroughbreds. And there is no greater qualification when it comes to horse ownership than determination and perseverance, especially in the face of adversity.... Read More

JJ and Anna and Their Long Journey Together

If there is one rewarding aspect of Thoroughbred racing today, it is the number of horses whose lives were changed for the better because of people who cared and their determination to make a difference and prevent a horse from meeting an unfortunate fate.... Read More

Haskin: Faded Dreams From the '14 Classic

The Breeders' Cup is not only about winners. The losers also went into their races carrying the dreams of their owners and trainers. But for one reason or another their dreams remained just dreams, as much as they believed they were destined to come true.... Read More

Haskin's Saturday Longshot Plays

If you think Friday's four-race mini Breeders' Cup card was confusing wait until you get a load of Saturday's races. Below you will find analyses of all the Breeders' Cup races, geared toward finding live longshots, that will either shed a little light on the proceedings or plunge you farther into darkness.... Read More

Haskin Friday Longshot Plays

Let’s start by saying that this year’s Breeders’ Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others.... Read More

Haskin BC Report: A Classic Potpourri

There are so many different aspects to this year's Breeders' Cup Classic and so many little tidbits surrounding the participants, it is time to share some of them. So, we now present, "Everything you always wanted to know about the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic but were afraid to ask." No need to be afraid. That's what we're here for – to enlighten and confuse and to tell you more about the Classic than you care to know.... Read More

Cigar: The Early Days

When he eventually was sent to Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm as a baby, the son of Palace Music acquired a reputation for being feisty and mischievous.... Read More

Haskin: Farewell to Cigar

Racing lost one its all-time greats with the passing of Cigar. As a tribute, I am reprinting some of my most memorable experiences with this magnificent horse. Garden Party During a Blood-Horse online chat about five years ago, someone asked me what was my most special moment in racing? Well, needless to say, there are dozens to choose from. But one that ranks right up there at the top did not even... Read More

Beware the Wise Dan Curse

For all those with aspirations of winning either Horse of the Year or the older male title or the turf male title, there is a force out there even stronger than Eric Guillot's voodoo dolls. It is the curse of Wise Dan.... Read More

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