Hangin' With Haskin

Cigar: The Early Days

When he eventually was sent to Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm as a baby, the son of Palace Music acquired a reputation for being feisty and mischievous.... Read More

Haskin: Farewell to Cigar

Racing lost one its all-time greats with the passing of Cigar. As a tribute, I am reprinting some of my most memorable experiences with this magnificent horse. Garden Party During a Blood-Horse online chat about five years ago, someone asked me what was my most special moment in racing? Well, needless to say, there are dozens to choose from. But one that ranks right up there at the top did not even... Read More

Beware the Wise Dan Curse

For all those with aspirations of winning either Horse of the Year or the older male title or the turf male title, there is a force out there even stronger than Eric Guillot's voodoo dolls. It is the curse of Wise Dan.... Read More

Early Lowdown on the BC Classic

With only one prep to go for all the Breeders' Cup Classic hopefuls, this seems like a good time to get an early glimpse at how the race might shape up and what each horse has to do to give him the best chance of winning and what he has to avoid.... Read More

A Day in the Life of Wise Dan

The dawn is breaking on a beautiful, cool Saratoga morning. This is the day everyone in Charlie LoPresti's barn has been waiting for. The day begins as any other, but there is a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air.... Read More

A Victory for the Family

Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) was not just about V.E. Day, but also V.J. Day. We had the Victory in Europe tie-in and the Victory for Jerkens tie-in.... Read More

Viva Travers!

First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts, and it was apparent from the Jim Dandy Stakes that Wicked Strong has improved several lengths with blinkers added and is much more focused and professional now.... Read More

Haskin: The Girls Who Lost Curlin

No one can really predict Hall of Fame greatness after one start, but there have been a number of fortunate trainers who have had the thrill of foreseeing potential greatness in a young horse.... Read More

The Eric Guillot Show

There seemed to be an inordinate amount of people who were displeased with the result of the Aug. 2 Whitney Handicap, mainly due to the winning trainer Eric Guillot, who, to put it mildly, is not your typical trainer.... Read More

Haskin Guest Blog: Loving Ashado

With Ashado about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this week, I felt it was appropriate to post this as a guest blog, as it depicts the love of a horse beautifully by a young fan, Alexa Ravit.... Read More

The Saint of Saratoga

When it comes to horses, Valerie Buck wasn't content in just riding them professionally. Unable to ride any longer due to a series of injuries and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she turned her passion in another direction and founded ACCT Naturally.... Read More

No More 'What Ifs' With Wise Dan

Wise Dan's career is what it is, and now that he is about to embark on a comeback at age 7 from colic surgery, he should be appreciated for what he does and what he's accomplished and forget about what he could have or should have done over the past two years.... Read More

Ghosts of Press Boxes Past

The press box. The name evokes images of veteran reporters, sleeves rolled up, sitting behind their Underwood typewriters in a cloud of cigar or cigarette smoke, pounding out stories, scoops, columns, and features.... Read More

The Summer of '69

I hate getting personal, but somehow I am unable to avoid it when thinking, talking, and writing about Saratoga. It has been a state of feeling for 45 years, a place around which my entire life has revolved, and now it is time yet again for my annual pilgrimage to this Mecca of Thoroughbred racing.... Read More

A 'Nasty' Challenge For Ruffian

If you ask someone to pick out one memorable victory by Ruffian they would have a hard time singling one out. That is because Ruffian's career was not made up of one or two standout performances.... Read More

Remembering Allez France

I cannot in good conscience write about Dahlia without also writing about her arch rival Allez France, who, physically and mentally, was everything Dahlia was not.... Read More

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