Hangin' With Haskin

April 2014 - Posts

Haskin's Derby Report: A Whopper for Hopper

There are heavy rains, torrential rains, and the rain that all but drowned Churchill Downs Monday morning. The lightning came fast and furious; one bolt knocked out light, and the flooding came just as fast. Some of the thunder claps were so loud and strong, several horses became noticeably spooked. But not at Todd Pletcher's barn, where "spooked" and "upset" are not acceptable words. The serenity of Pletcher's barn supersedes all.... Read More

Haskin's Derby Report: Pletcher on Parade

It sounds as if this could be the last nice morning we get in a while, and fortunately, most of the Derby works have been completed. As typical of Derby works, the good ones drew waves of excitement, while others were overblown as bad works.... Read More

Art Sherman, Dave Erb "Swap" Stories

With California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman being thrust into the Kentucky Derby spotlight at age 77, so too will the great Swaps, as Sherman was the immortal Cal-bred's regular work rider and accompanied the colt cross-country by train to Louisville, Ky. for the Derby, where he slept in the straw next to the horse. ... Read More

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