Hangin' With Haskin

Haskin's Derby Trail: Points of Interest

The Kentucky Derby graded earnings system is gone, thank goodness. No more one-time 2-year-old hotshots getting a free pass and riding the gravy train all the way to Louisville. Those lucrative 2-year-old races no longer will get you a starting berth in the Derby, although we feel some tweaking is needed to separate the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Champagne, and FrontRunner from the other 10-point juvenile races... Read More

Big Red and the Winter of '73

It's hard to believe 40 years have passed since the winter of 1973. Racing's two hubs as usual were Hialeah and Gulfstream in Florida and Santa Anita in California. The only sounds that were heard at Aqueduct were the winds howling off Jamaica Bay and the squawking of the seagulls.... Read More

Destination Louisville

New Year's Day has come and gone and that means the race for the Kentucky Derby has begun. Some are ready to become immersed in it, while others aren't quite ready to smell the roses and taste the mint juleps this early in the year.... Read More

Lost to the Ages: The Story of Dark Secret

All were considered champions in their respective divisions; all are in the Hall of Fame. But there is one name that rarely gets mentioned, and that is terribly unfortunate, for he was without a doubt one of the toughest and most courageous horses of his generation. ... Read More

Vox Populi Gets It Right

Only in Thoroughbred racing can one of the greatest champions in the history of the sport share the same stage with a former $5,000 claimer from Penn National.... Read More

2011 Crop No Flop

Few classic crops have been maligned more than the class of 2011. Well, perhaps it is time for the critics to re-evaluate their position.... Read More

Countdown to the Cup: Welcome to California

It was a tale of two coasts Sunday morning. On the west coast, an invigorating chill in the air; a bright blue, cloudless sky; the San Gabriel mountains so clear and sharp it was as if you could reach out and touch them; hundreds people gathered at Clocker's Corner as dozens upon dozens of horses decked out in Breeders' Cup saddle towels charged by, either working or galloping.... Read More

Farewell, Frankel

Well, there's no escaping it now. Frankelstein cannot be destroyed. Racing's four-legged monster has run amok for the last time.... Read More

Defending America

Steve answers the charge concerning the "decline" of the American superstar and the "ascendancy" of the English superstar. ... Read More

Profile in Courage

Forget the heartbreaking defeats in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, and the promising careers cut short. The Zayat family will always remember 2012 as the year of Paynter.... Read More

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