The Week In Photos for the Preakness Stakes

Steve Haskin shares with us glimpses of his Preakness week.

California Chrome already showing off shortly after arrival at Pimlico

Alan Sherman plants one on California Chrome

It's all play with Chrome and exercise rider Willie Delgado

Kid Cruz is the only Preakness horse I've seen grazing; looking good

California Chrome on one of his many stops walking to the track

What a beast Social Inclusion is, and such a powerful galloper with an enormous stride

Social Inclusion covers a lot of ground even walking

Tongue tie or no tongue, Ride On Curlin gets that tongue over the bit

Tongue still flapping, Ride On Curlin hugs the rail turning for home in his work

One more of Ride On Curlin as he passes the colorful "Pimlico" bed of flowers

California Chrome gallops through the fog and mist Thursday morning

A good study of California Chrome

General a Rod gallops early on Thursday when visibility was really poor

Social Inclusion bright and alert; owner Ron Sanchez is all smiles

All photos are by Steve Haskin, please ask before taking. 


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Proud Acres

Thank you for these photos.  Always enjoy your scoop!  You are totally correct that Social Inclusion looks very powerful but I am all for California Chrome.  Run junior run!

15 May 2014 3:03 PM
dance with fate

Wonderful photos.  You see beyond the numbers game to the heart of racing.  It's easy to connect with California Chrome given his awareness of the photographer - seems very calm and knowing.  Thanks again for bringing us close to these Stars!  They are all amazing!

15 May 2014 3:12 PM
Dr Drunkinbum

Fantastic photos and comments. I think that Social Inclusion and California Chrome are most likely the top talents in the division. We may just see a duel, mano a mano, knock down dragout barroom brawl between the two, ala Affirmed and Alydar and Curlin and Rags to Riches.

15 May 2014 3:21 PM

Great shots, Steve!

15 May 2014 3:26 PM
Ted from LA

I hope Chrome is healthy. Sometimes where there is smoke, there is fire. Sometimes, it's just a cigar and a sore throat.

15 May 2014 3:47 PM

We've been looking forward to your photos, Steve. They give us a "personal" experience. Thanks !.

15 May 2014 4:25 PM

Love the photos. Would like to see some pics of Dynamic Impact. Loved "and they're Off" and sounds like you think CC, Social Inclusion and Bayern will be the first three across the line. Did you folks ever learn how Bayern is pronounced?

15 May 2014 5:24 PM
Rachel best 3 yr old filly ever

8 million on the line for Ron Sanchez. If Social Inclusion doesn't win. Then it will be a big business mistake for not selling this colt. Who has more pressure now Ron or Al Sherman?    

15 May 2014 5:36 PM

Keep the photos coming, Steve!  Love these!  Since Secretariat's time has been revised in the Preakness, do you know what his splits were?

15 May 2014 6:11 PM

Great Photos! Thank you Steve. I think California Chrome needs to keep an eye on Kid Cruz (home territory..and he's really, really fast.) and Dynamic Impact.(He'll duel to the wire.) These are the 2 who left an impression on me in their last races. KC in the Tesio, and DI in the Illinois Derby. Social Inclusion, as great as he looks, gave up his duel as Samraat passed him in the Wood.

15 May 2014 8:01 PM

Social Inclusion, California Chrome, Bayern(pronounced buy-urn) to finish in that order.

15 May 2014 9:02 PM

Great photos Steve.  Keep them coming.  California Chrome has the "it" factor alright.  What a beauty he is.  Social Inclusion looks like a big boy.  

Good luck to all and all horses come home safe.

16 May 2014 1:37 AM

Does Ride On Curlin often have his tongue out like that? Oxbow like to have his tongue a hand shake, except it was a tongue-and-hand shake.

16 May 2014 6:27 AM

Venetian Way seemed to always have his tongue flying in the wind. I have several press photos of him, one hitting the derby wire, all showing that tongue hanging out. Venetian Way was such a beauty, how he managed to wag that tongue and ruin his photos is hilarious.

16 May 2014 10:44 AM

I certainly don't recommend running any horse who isn't sound. However, if California Chrome is a little under the weather, a wee bit less than 100%, he can join the ranks of the great ones from yesteryear who ran many races just like that, and still won. I have a feeling this might be a close one. Hoping for the best outcome for one and all.

16 May 2014 10:51 AM

For those picking Social Inclusion, does anyone know how many horses got their first career stakes win in the Preakness?  It's happened a number of times recently in the Belmont, primarily due to it often being a strangely run race due to jockey unfamiliarity with 12f dirt racing.  However, it seems that the Preakness is generally won by horses with stakes wins in their past.

16 May 2014 11:18 AM

On April 18, less than a month before he won the Preakness, Charismatic was eligible for "n/w of a race other than claiming." He made a start on his conditions that day in the Lexington and won the Derby, elevating his status to "n/w of 3 other than."

A truly run Belmont rewards virtues which US racing secretaries have not even thought about when writing races for 2-yos. (Would you believe, some countries card juvenile maidens at 10 f and beyond?) It's not hard to imagine a Belmont-type horse, reserved while sprinters and milers reign and managed carefully, going into the race with some graded, even classic, placings, sitting on the race of his life, but without that first stakes win. Harder to see that scenario with the Preakness.

16 May 2014 4:03 PM
Lise from Maine


Social Inclusion could be a threat to California Chrome but I have made my final decision on my betting strategy.

My exacta will both of them as above-mentioned.

By the way, whatever happened to Ramon Dominguez? He won many, many races in Maryland. Would like to know how he is doing and what he is doing these days. I really miss watching him race.

Thank you!

Lise from Maine

16 May 2014 6:54 PM
Lise from Maine

Hi Steve,

Love the photos! I do enjoy the "silly" little poses of the horses. It is so much fun to see them.

Thank you!

Lise from Maine

16 May 2014 6:56 PM

California Chromes' misty morning gallop is a mystical shot . My very favorite  at the track that leaves a caress  upon you  as  these brilliant beast take control of the track  and you take the ride with them.... both  "'morni g mist" shots are  full of freshness as they gallop in to a new morning. Beautiful shots and touched with sensitivity .

Than you Steve for a sharing a prized and personal album

16 May 2014 7:13 PM

Great shots, Steve, thanks.

Ted from LA--If it was a cigar, he probably inhaled.

16 May 2014 8:38 PM

Thanks for the pictures Steve!  It is really special to get to see pictures - especially for those of us who will never see them in person!  

16 May 2014 11:00 PM

Mr.Haskin, I draw/sketch horses. May I please have your permission to copy and study some of these photos? Especially California Chrome galloping in the fog.

18 May 2014 4:36 PM

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