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Viva Big Red!

So, after nearly 40 years, the Maryland Jockey Club, after hearing two hours of testimony and forensic analyses, finally has awarded the Preakness stakes record to Secretariat. ... Read More

Haskin's Belmont Report: Leftovers

We won't even begin to express our disappointment and disgust over the scratch of I'll Have Another. All we will do for now is kill the paragraphs already written and leave the leftovers. This is what is left of the Belmont Stakes.... Read More

Haskin’s Belmont Report: Barn Burner

What do Bobby Frankel, Max Hirsch, and John Sabini, chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, have in common? They have all used Barn 2 on the Belmont backstretch to leave an indelible mark on Thoroughbred racing. The first two gave racing countless thrills. The third gave it a black eye. Yes, we know the implementation of a “stakes” barn for the Belmont Stakes horses is supposed to... Read More

Haskin's Belmont Report: Remembering Big Red

Steve Jordan will be celebrating his 64th birthday on Saturday, a day that could be made more exciting if I'll Have Another should win the Belmont Stakes and become the first horse in 34 years to sweep the Triple Crown. But this will not be the first time Jordan's birthday has fallen on a day when a Triple Crown sweep was on the line.... Read More

Haskin's Belmont Report: Billy, We Hardly Know Ya

Every several years, whenever a horse is attempting to sweep the Triple Crown, Billy Turner is summoned by the media to offer his take on the horse, the obstacles that stand in his way, and to reminisce about the great Seattle Slew, who under Turner’s guidance and expertise became racing’s only undefeated Triple Crown winner. ... Read More

Haskin's Preakness Recap: Purple Reign

The ominous shroud that has engulfed Thoroughbred racing recently is starting to lift, at least temporarily, thanks to the heroics of a golden chestnut colt named I'll Have Another, who has come along at the perfect time to remind people that there is so much more to the Sport of Kings than what has been portrayed in certain publications. These publications feel the need to concentrate only on the darkest aspects of the sport, often embellishing and over exaggerating them.... Read More

Haskin's Preakness Report: Cause and Effect

If you look past all the nonsense and rumors and concentrate strictly on Creative Cause's Derby trip, his previous form and his consistency, and the fact that he has already beaten I'll Have Another and Bodemeister, he just may turn out to be the overlay special of the Preakness.... Read More

Haskin's Derby Postscript: Zayat Marches On

So, after three second-place finishes in the Derby, each one more agonizing than the one before, Zayat may now turn his attention to the black-eyed susans, hoping they smell sweeter than the roses. At least they don't have thorns. ... Read More

Haskin's Derby Recap: Cookie Monster

Dressed in a white shirt and purple tie, the colors of his silks, Reddam appeared relaxed and confident, believing his colt, I'll Have another, was ready to prove to the world what he already knew; that this was an exceptional colt. ... Read More

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