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The Day the Haskell Struck Gold

With the Haskell Invitational the next big step on the 3-year-old calendar, this is a perfect time to go back 30 years to one of the greatest races I have ever seen. The three big horses – Forty Niner, Seeking the Gold, and Private Terms – all grew up in the fields of Claiborne Farm and were broken and trained together.... Read More

'King' Size Second Wave About to Hit

Our thoughts turn to the second wave of 3-year-olds, who were late developing and appear to be coming into their own, and should be peaking in August. This is where we find the Arrogates and the West Coasts and the V.E. Days.... Read More

Thank You, Dad, For Guiding My Way

The thank you is for a man without whom I wouldn’t be where I am today. He in his own way made it possible for me to enter the world of horse racing and become the writer I eventually aspired to be, meet and marry the most wonderful and beautiful woman, have the most wonderful and beautiful daughter, and complete the cycle by becoming a grandfather this past February. My regret is that my father did not live to see any of it, at least not in an earthly sense.... Read More

Justify Rewrites Triple Crown History

History is a never-ending chain of events, trends, and discoveries that determine how we think and look at the present, and often the future. When history tells us something cannot be accomplished, it provides us with new and seemingly unreachable targets at which to aim. And if and when that target is hit, it provides a sense of timelessness and perpetuity. Some call it immortality.... Read More

Big Red's Son Risen Star Dominated the Belmont

It was the morning of the 1988 Belmont Stakes and all was not well in the Belmont stakes barn, a four-sided barn encircling an English-style courtyard. In a corner of the barn, Risen Star’s troublesome ankle was being tubbed in ice, and it was still to be determined whether the handsome, strapping son of Secretariat would be able to run in the Test of the Champion.... Read More

Tracks Need to Follow NYRA’s TV Expansion

Back in racing’s glory days, which people my age call racing in the 1960s and ‘70s, there was little in the way of televised races. There was no simulcasting, no home computers and cell phones, and once a week during the ‘60s, TV viewers in New York would tune in to the affable and folksy Win Elliot broadcasting the races from Aqueduct, which was the center of the racing universe, where the likes of... Read More

The Inspiration of American Pharoah

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” No one can really put into words the centuries-long bond between horses and humans, especially the emotional and sometimes mystical attachment we have had with these magnificent creatures throughout history. But there are times when Churchill’s quote is taken to a far deeper level, and... Read More

Destin Best in Travers?

Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.... Read More

Repole Hoping Mo Town Hits Keep Coming

With Uncle Mo taking the Kentucky Derby trail by storm this year, it's only natural for Mike Repole to want a piece of the action. After all, it was Repole who first struck the mother lode with Uncle Mo as a racehorse and potential superstar, and after watching his sons running amok on the Derby trail all winter, he finally has a chance to join the party when he sends out Uncle Mo's brilliant son Outwork in Saturday's Wood Memorial. ... Read More

From the Archives

With the announcement June 15 of Steve's resignation from Blood-Horse to pursue other opportunities, I found the first column he did for the magazine. In this "Final Turn" column from the Dec. 26, 1998, issue, Steve talks about his transition at the time from his longtime association with The Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form. It seems appropriate to revisit this piece.--Eric Mitchell, Editorial Director... Read More

Haskin: Faded Dreams From the '14 Classic

The Breeders' Cup is not only about winners. The losers also went into their races carrying the dreams of their owners and trainers. But for one reason or another their dreams remained just dreams, as much as they believed they were destined to come true.... Read More

Haskin's Saturday Longshot Plays

If you think Friday's four-race mini Breeders' Cup card was confusing wait until you get a load of Saturday's races. Below you will find analyses of all the Breeders' Cup races, geared toward finding live longshots, that will either shed a little light on the proceedings or plunge you farther into darkness.... Read More

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