Hangin' With Haskin

Classic Rip Tide

Europe fired off its first salvo at the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when the heavy favorite Rip Van Winkle captured Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, which served as a launching pad for Raven's Pass' Classic victory last year.... Read More

Countdown to the Cup - Rachel Rocks the Spa

Joan of Arc defeated the English in the Hundred Years' War. The Amazon queen Penthesileia killed hundreds of Greeks in the Trojan War. Zenobia, the Syrian queen, crushed the Roman legion. All three of these powerful and feared female warriors eventually succumbed to male foes.... Read More

Countdown to the Cup - Bird Bath

Whether he's splishin' and a'splashin' or movin' and a'groovin' or rockin' and a'rollin,' the sight of Summer Bird and his distinctive blue blinkers charging down the stretch is leaving racing fans reelin' with the feelin.'... Read More

Don't Take Woodward Too Lightly

As soon as Jess Jackson announced his plans to run Rachel Alexandra in the Woodward Stakes, the historical significance of such an attempt was made known in various publications, as were comments that Jackson is taking the easy way out, running against inferior older horses instead of much more accomplished 3-year-olds in the Travers.... Read More

No Banjo on Rachel's Knee

Jess Jackson has made his first decision: No Alabama for Rachel Alexandra. So what, you might say. That wasn't the place to run her anyway. Well, I believe that's just where she should have run.... Read More

A Greatness of Her Own

It is midnight on Sunday. Tomorrow morning, I'm off to Saratoga. I had no blog planned for this week, even if Zenyatta won the Clement Hirsch, due to time restrictions and last-minute packing. But Zenyatta's performance cannot go unmentioned.... Read More

The Invisible Horse

The Remarkable Rachel will be discussed in our Countdown to the Cup column this week. But there was one horse who ran last weekend who will receive little attention, and understandably so, but should be recognized nonetheless.... Read More

Dahlia Changed the Face of International Racing

There was a time, long before the Breeders' Cup, when foreign horses came to the U.S. for one special event, like the Washington D.C. International, and then returned home. But, then, along came Dahlia, and international racing changed forever.... Read More

U.S. vs. Europe - Which Racing is Better?

You have total amnesia. All you are told is your name and that you loved Thoroughbred racing, but you don't know why and cannot recall actually following the sport. You don't even know if you live in the United States or Europe. ... Read More

Lawyer Ron - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Lawyer Ron loved to run. No greater praise can be bestowed upon a Thoroughbred. He was an impossible horse not to like, from his kind disposition to his consistency and unbridled enthusiasm in the mornings and afternoons.... Read More

If Damascus Raced Today

The following is a compilation of past writings on Damascus that may put this remarkable horse's career in a better historical perspective. Also included is a look at the volatile times in which he ran.... Read More

Sham Rocks

Last year, I paid tribute to Secretariat on this blog on his 35th anniversary. Now it is Sham's turn.... Read More

Mine Boggling

After hearing nothing from his "dates" all year but "Don't call me, I'll call you," one of racing's most desirable leading men, who keeps getting dumped like yesterday's trash, should have put an ad in the classifieds.... Read More

Da Hoss' Miracle Mile

I was looking at some photos of Da Hoss taken recently at the Kentucky Horse Park and was happy to see how physically well and seemingly content he looked, much like he did when he was at Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm in Maryland, where he lived a blissful life in that scenic and pastoral environment.... Read More

The Mighty Forego

It was May 18, 1974, the day of the Carter Handicap at Belmont Park. As I looked at the tote board, I couldn't believe the odds. Favored at 7-5 was Forego, who obviously was running in the Carter strictly as a prep for the Metropolitan Handicap, having come off back-to-back victories at 1 1/4 miles in the Widener and Gulfstream Park Handicaps.... Read More

All Hail Yeats

Watching Yeats this morning break Sagaro's record, storming to victory in the Gold Cup for the fourth consecutive year, it brought a sense of purity and timelessness to the Sport of Kings that has been lost in this country.... Read More

The Journey of Medaglia d'Oro

From 2002, when he was one of the top-ranked 3-year-olds in the country, to his current status as one of the hottest and most sought after stallions in the world, Medaglia d'Oro has captivated people with his magnificent physical presence.... Read More

Goodbye, Triple Crown; Hello, Breeders' Cup

It's time to move on to more important things and leave this wacky Triple Crown in the rear-view mirror. There's a long road ahead of us, and we can already faintly see the tops of the San Gabriel Mountains way off in the distance. ... Read More

Bird of Prey

As a tribute to Birdstone's remarkable feat of siring two different winners of a Triple Crown race in the same year (the first stallion to do so since Count Fleet in 1951), and from his first crop no less, I am re-printing my 2004 Belmont Stakes recap from the Blood-Horse.... Read More

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