Hangin' With Haskin

Haskin’s Derby Report: Arch Gallops…Or Did He Work?

This will be an abbreviated report, as there wasn’t much activity Tuesday morning. There isn't much happening on the track as we await the all-important post position draw tomorrow. No one on the Churchill Downs backstretch could remember a more miserable morning - cold, windy, and rainy. Only a handful of Derby horses were out for a gallop on the sloppy track.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Cry Uncle

OK, so two weeks ago, someone tells you the April 9 Wood Memorial (gr. I), Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and Illinois Derby (gr. III) are going to be won by Toby's Corner, Midnight Interlude, and Joe Vann, respectively, and that Arthur's Tale is going to finish second in the Wood. Which of the following would have been your reply: a) Huh? b) Who? c) What? d) All of the above.... Read More

The Strange Saga of Jim French

At Aqueduct recently, it was suggested by Jim Gluckson of the NTRA/Breeders' Cup that I reprint a column I wrote several years ago on Jim French. He reminded me that this is the 40th anniversary of his remarkable and unprecedented Triple Crown campaign. With the majority of top Derby contenders having only two or three Derby preps, this is the perfect time to revisit the plucky little Jim French.... Read More

Sheba, Joe, and J P

I hope J P's Gusto makes it to the Derby, just so I can catch a few moments with Joe Petalino and talk about Alysheba, who in my mind is one of the three most underrated horses of all time.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Derby Material

This is not about who is going to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as much as who so far has the look of a Derby winner--who is on track to peak on Derby Day, who looks eager to do more than they already have, and who has exhibited the attributes that normally win the Derby. ... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Thirst Quencher

Repole didn't bat an eye and immediately fired off the first salvo. "Come on, Stay Thirsty wins the Gotham and you guys have to show Uncle Mo," he told them. "Come on, give the guy a little credit; holy cow."... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Mos and Cons

One of the great aspects of the Derby trail is that in most cases the decisions made are not proven right or wrong until the first Saturday in May. So, you can debate all you want whether the decision to start Uncle Mo’s 3-year-old campaign off in the newly created one-mile Timely Writer Stakes is a good one or a bad one. Right now, it is nothing more than fodder for opinion.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Mucho Gracias

Just when it looked as if form was about to do an about face and leave us with a core of 3-year-olds who like the past couple of years keep beating each other, up popped Much Macho Man, Santiva, and Rogue Romance to boost last year's form by finishing 1,2,3 in Saturday's Risen Star Stakes (gr. II). ... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: A Tap Top Flop

It just goes to show you how fragile life is on the Derby trail, metaphorically, of course. One minute you're sitting comfortably near the top of the contenders list and the next you're in a free fall.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Catching up on the Sleepers

  • 14 Feb 2011 9:00 AM

Our report on this weekend’s stakes action will appear on Tuesday, but for now there are several allowance and maiden races from the past several weeks that should be touched on, based solely on observation.... Read More

Ky. Derby Trail: Leave the Training to Trainers

  • 8 Feb 2011 8:45 AM

Over the past decade or so, racing has seen a new breed of owner enter the sport, many with a corporate philosophy. And like most corporations, there is the need for a manager, whether he or she goes by the title of GM or in this instance racing manager.... Read More

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