Hangin' With Haskin

Haskin's Belmont Report: Billy, We Hardly Know Ya

Every several years, whenever a horse is attempting to sweep the Triple Crown, Billy Turner is summoned by the media to offer his take on the horse, the obstacles that stand in his way, and to reminisce about the great Seattle Slew, who under Turner’s guidance and expertise became racing’s only undefeated Triple Crown winner. ... Read More

Haskin's Preakness Recap: Purple Reign

The ominous shroud that has engulfed Thoroughbred racing recently is starting to lift, at least temporarily, thanks to the heroics of a golden chestnut colt named I'll Have Another, who has come along at the perfect time to remind people that there is so much more to the Sport of Kings than what has been portrayed in certain publications. These publications feel the need to concentrate only on the darkest aspects of the sport, often embellishing and over exaggerating them.... Read More

Haskin's Preakness Report: Cause and Effect

If you look past all the nonsense and rumors and concentrate strictly on Creative Cause's Derby trip, his previous form and his consistency, and the fact that he has already beaten I'll Have Another and Bodemeister, he just may turn out to be the overlay special of the Preakness.... Read More

Haskin's Derby Postscript: Zayat Marches On

So, after three second-place finishes in the Derby, each one more agonizing than the one before, Zayat may now turn his attention to the black-eyed susans, hoping they smell sweeter than the roses. At least they don't have thorns. ... Read More

Haskin's Derby Recap: Cookie Monster

Dressed in a white shirt and purple tie, the colors of his silks, Reddam appeared relaxed and confident, believing his colt, I'll Have another, was ready to prove to the world what he already knew; that this was an exceptional colt. ... Read More

Haskin's Derby Trail: Remember Mark Valeski?

The Kentucky Derby trail and short memories go hand in hand. Remember not too long ago when Mark Valeski was the next up-and-coming star, grabbing everyone's attention with his gutsy nose defeat to El Padrino in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II)? ... Read More

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