Hangin' With Haskin

A Look Back at the Immortal Ruffian

This reprint from six years ago is to commemorate the 45th anniversary of one of racing's darkest days, the death of the legendary Ruffian. But it is not just about the Ruffian--Foolish Pleasure match race. It is about Ruffian's life and career.... Read More

TV or Not TV

One thing you have to say for racing today, there is plenty of TV coverage, from TVG and MSG to several of the major networks. And the on-air talent comes not only from the broadcasting industry, but from all walks of the sport.... Read More

Remembering the Summer of '69

It was the summer of '69, I was in Saratoga, and my future could wait. What better place to put your life on hold than glorious Saratoga, where the rest of the world seemed so distant and removed?... Read More

Tiz Nobler in the Mind…

There is no doubt people are going take different views of this year’s makeshift Belmont Stakes (G1) when assessing just how impressive Tiz the Law was dominating his field to capture the mile and an eighth event by nearly four lengths.... Read More

Keys to the Belmont Stakes

The field has been drawn for this year's version of the Belmont Stakes (G1), and whether you feel it belongs in the classification of classic race or just another mile and an eighth prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1), there is a great deal intrigue to the race, highlighted by the presence of the top-ranked 3-year-old in the country Tiz the Law. There are several factors regarding the post position draw... Read More

Arrogate the Four-Race Phenom

I had the privilege to visit Arrogate twice at Juddmonte, and there was a magnificence about him that is difficult to put into words. You didn't just see Arrogate, you felt him. Arrogate is gone way too soon. In some ways he will remain an enigma. But most of all he will be remembered as a phenom, unlike anything we have ever seen before.... Read More

Kentucky Derby Sweet 16

Although the Belmont Stakes (G1) is not the Belmont as we know it, far from it, by being run around one turn at a mile and an eighth with a testing pace likely down that long straightaway, this version of the Belmont may actually be more attractive to breeders than the traditional Belmont Stakes, as it should resemble the Met Mile (G1) more than it resembles your typical two-turn classic race going longer.... Read More

True Knight: Racing's Little Giant

There are times when a horse deserves to have his accomplishments recognized even if no one has heard of him or even cares to read about him. So, although most people will pass right over this, I still feel compelled to write about True Knight and at least have his name in the archives. ... Read More

Behind the Scenes With American Pharoah

With NBC continuing its trip down memory lane by showing American Pharoah's 2015 Preakness Stakes (G1) May 16, I thought we'd also take a trip down memory lane by going behind the scenes of all three Triple Crown races and showcasing some of the more memorable moments.... Read More

Chrome: A Horse to Soothe the Soul

In continuing with my Triple Crown memories, I am reprinting one of my favorite columns written after California Chrome's Kentucky Derby, as I feel it sums up the Cinderella story behind the horse as well as the dreams of all those who own horses.... Read More

Travels With Charm

Looking back at my Triple Crown memories, one of the special ones was in 1997 when
I flew to Louisville from New York about a week before the Belmont Stakes (G1) after making arrangements to fly back to New York with Silver Charm on his quest to become the first Triple Crown winner in 19 years.... Read More

Blame: Time to Forgive But Not Forget

I would like to prepare all Zenyatta fans for the possibility that a son of Blame could win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) this year. Not only that, he (Nadal) could defeat a horse trained by John Shirreffs (Honor A.P.).... Read More

A Big Day for Big Red

The scroll on ESPN's Sportscenter May 3 morning had its priorities straight. The No. 1 horse racing story read: "Secretariat wins Virtual Kentucky Derby." Oh, yes, that was followed by story No. 2, which read: "Charlatan, Nadal Win Split Arkansas Derby."... Read More

The Year the Derby Got Personal

If there was one thing I learned about covering the Kentucky Derby it was to stay objective and don't let personal relationships obscure your vision. It was all about the story and backstories and telling them with a clear thought process. But I have to admit there was one year when I let my personal feelings trickle to the surface. Although I had numerous stories and backstories on most of the Derby... Read More

The Wackiest Turf Trivia Quiz Ever (with Answers)

1. What horse won a six-furlong stakes in 1:08 1/5 then three weeks later won a mile and a quarter stakes in 1:58 3/5? Turkoman in the Tallahassee Handicap and Widener Handicap 2. In Dr. Fager's world record mile, name the horse in the field who once held the world record for the mile and name the horse in the field who set the fastest fractions in the history of the Kentucky Derby? Hedevar and Kentucky... Read More

The Wackiest Turf Trivia Quiz Ever

These are not your typical trivia questions, as they are meant to be informative and fun even more than testing your knowledge of racing, They are just put in question form. Some are fairly easy, but there are others that are more offbeat. So have fun with them. I will provide the answers to the questions no one gets in the comments section on Thursday. Remember, there is no fun Googling it. If you don't know the answer, guess or just wait until Thursday. It will be more fun that way.... Read More

The Battle of the Sexes

The Women's Lib movement hit the Sport of Kings in '71 when the best 2-year-old male in the country, Riva Ridge, took on the best 2-year-old female, Numbered Account, in the rich Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, N.J.... Read More

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