Hangin' With Haskin

Awesome Gem Still Shining Bright

Although Awesome Gem has won only six of 35 starts in his career and was winless in 2008 and is winless this year, he has compiled a record that should make him one of the most endearing horses in the country.... Read More

So, What is Their Thinking?

Although one can only speculate what the thinking of Team Rachel is, here are some possibilities, going so far as to look ahead and coming up with a possible schedule leading up to the Breeders' Cup.... Read More

Beware of the Second Wave

We are all aware of the big names in the 3-year-old division who won or competed in one or more of the Triple Crown races, but could it be that many of those horses are about to get swept away by what looks to be a tsunami-like second wave about to hit the 3-year-old division?... Read More

Win and You're What?

We all know, it is not really a Win and You're In, as much as it is a Win and You're In if you're willing to pay the fees and travel expenses.... Read More

Haskin's Belmont Recap: Mott and Meyer

It was the morning of June 5, and Bill Mott sat atop his pony outside his barn reflecting on the Belmont Stakes, to be run later that afternoon. Mott had never won the Belmont, or any classic for that matter, but he was hoping to fill that one major void in his Hall of Fame career.... Read More

Super Saver and Me

Pardon the self indulgence that follows, but it is being used in good part to point out how someone can easily go astray on the Kentucky Derby Trail - namely me. ... Read More

Derby Recap: Super Stars

Todd Pletcher, Calvin Borel, and WinStar Farm do not evoke images of Cinderella. There are no ragged clothes, glass slippers, or handsome princes scripted in their story. All have been to the ball and achieved enough fame and glory to last a lifetime.... Read More

A World of Their Own

Thoroughbred racing in 2010 consists of three universes, all moving in parallel lines. One is the Triple Crown trail, which possesses an aura all to itself and is oblivious to any other existing worlds.... Read More

Apple Blossom Time

Oaklawn Park made all the right moves with their big Apple Blossom announcement. They put up the money, the changed the distance, and in short they dangled one heckuva carrot in front of Jess Jackson and Jerry and Ann Moss.... Read More

Frankel's Last Laugh

As the field passed the three-eighths pole in the 135th Belmont Stakes, the massive, rain-drenched crowd, snake bitten by years of dashed hopes, braced for the inevitable. They had been here four of the past six years, and eight of the past 25 years, hoping to be part of history. Each time, their cheers fell silent.... Read More

One Perfect Day

Pleasantly Perfects caps off trainer Dick Mandella's historic feat of winning four Breeders' Cup races in one year, capturing the 2003 Classic over Medaglia d'Oro.... Read More

Riches Beyond Compare

Call it fate. Call it kismet. Whatever title you prefer, Rags to Riches seemed destined to give trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their first classic winner.... Read More

Alex Leaves 'Em Gasping

Afleet Alex's escape from certain disaster in the 2005 Preakness was one of the most amazing displays of athleticism and courage ever witnessed.... Read More

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