Hangin' With Haskin

Is Arrogate For Real?

Seeing those familiar Juddmonte Stable silks flying way ahead of the others down the stretch in the Travers Stakes, and witnessing the sheer brilliance and dominance of the horse carrying those silks, all you had to do was replace the sandy loam of Saratoga Racetrack with the lush green grass of Europe's finest racecourses and you might as well have been watching the great Frankel demolishing his opponents in unprecedented fashion.... Read More

September 30, 1967

The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don't confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary.... Read More

The DRF vs. Racing Times War of '91

If you look up Racing Times on Google, you will find only a single one-paragraph item on the racing newspaper being closed down after 10 months in existence. But what a 10 months it was following a full blown battle in which the new publication waged war on the powerful monopoly, Daily Racing Form , which had ruled the Sport of Kings since 1894 and was known throughout racing simply as “The Bible.... Read More

What Makes Byk Tick?

Let's cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn't an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.... 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

The Doc and the Rock

It was races like the New Hampshire Sweepstakes that came to mind as I looked out over the beautiful Rockingham Park infield for the first and only time. Soon that infield and the grandstand will be gone, taking with it some of the great moments in racing history and some of the sport's greatest innovations.... Read More

Zito Looking to Recapture Glory Days

The once ubiquitous Nick Zito has not been as prominent in recent years, but he still has hopes of finding the types of young horses he used to pick out at the sales year after year on a regular basis. To him it was all about finding classic-type horses and then developing them to peak in the spring of their 3-year-old campaign.... Read More

Pacific Overtures

Although it is only in its infantile stages that hopefully will escalate by the time the Breeders' Cup Classic rolls around, one would like to think we have a three-way mixed-gender rivalry in the making similar to the one among Stymie, Assault, and Gallorette in the mid-to-late 1940s.... Read More

Scrapbooks From the Past

But even after all these years, I still treasure those early scrapbooks that helped to preserve my memories of a time when you could actually feel those stories in your hand and protect them from time and the elements as you would a fragile plant or that intricate model of Old Ironsides, with its hundreds of pieces, that it took you weeks to glue together.... Read More

A New Brand of Hero

If you go back through the 20th century, the typical equine hero was a 3-year-old or 4-year-old male who excelled at our classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.... Read More

Mid-Year Look at the BC Classic

No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.... Read More

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