Hangin' With Haskin

Haskin’s Derby Report: Arch Gallops…Or Did He Work?

This will be an abbreviated report, as there wasn’t much activity Tuesday morning. There isn't much happening on the track as we await the all-important post position draw tomorrow. No one on the Churchill Downs backstretch could remember a more miserable morning - cold, windy, and rainy. Only a handful of Derby horses were out for a gallop on the sloppy track.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Cry Uncle

OK, so two weeks ago, someone tells you the April 9 Wood Memorial (gr. I), Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and Illinois Derby (gr. III) are going to be won by Toby's Corner, Midnight Interlude, and Joe Vann, respectively, and that Arthur's Tale is going to finish second in the Wood. Which of the following would have been your reply: a) Huh? b) Who? c) What? d) All of the above.... Read More

The Strange Saga of Jim French

At Aqueduct recently, it was suggested by Jim Gluckson of the NTRA/Breeders' Cup that I reprint a column I wrote several years ago on Jim French. He reminded me that this is the 40th anniversary of his remarkable and unprecedented Triple Crown campaign. With the majority of top Derby contenders having only two or three Derby preps, this is the perfect time to revisit the plucky little Jim French.... Read More

Sheba, Joe, and J P

I hope J P's Gusto makes it to the Derby, just so I can catch a few moments with Joe Petalino and talk about Alysheba, who in my mind is one of the three most underrated horses of all time.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Derby Material

This is not about who is going to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as much as who so far has the look of a Derby winner--who is on track to peak on Derby Day, who looks eager to do more than they already have, and who has exhibited the attributes that normally win the Derby. ... Read More

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