This week is a race story headlined, “Skipper Shipper,” written by Steve Hettinger recapping Skip Away's victory in the 1996 Ohio Derby (G2). The story ran in the June 29, 1996 issue of The Blood-Horse.
- By Steve Haskin
A tribute to one of the toughest, most durable horses I have had the privilege to see run and the two people whose lives he encompassed. Read Blog
If you're a fan of Paul Simon you already know who this column focuses on.
Skip Away, the 1998 Horse of the Year and currently third on the all-time leading earners list in North America, dies of heart attack at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky.
Since the inception of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in 1984, some horse owners have long debated whether to suffer the slings and arrows of high entry fees for non-nominated horses and seek out the competition--their chance at glory on racing's crowning day.
Trainer Claude "Shug" McGaughey and jockey Kent Desormeaux, along with equine stars Skip Away and Flawlessly were announced Tuesday as inductees for the class of 2004 for the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
Skip Away, a four-time Eclipse Award winner and the second leading North American earner of all-time, was elected into racing's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. His trainer, the late Hubert "Sonny" Hine, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last August.
By Victor E. Zast -- Sonny and Carolyn Hine knew a lot about life and how to live it; yet horses, and each other, were all that they ever had
A tearful Carolyn Hine, wife of the late Hubert "Sonny" Hine, graciously accepted the announcement of her husband's induction into the Racing Hall of Fame at a press conference at Churchill Downs the morning of April 29. Hine, who trained Horse of the Year Skip Away, joins jockey Mike Smith, Precisionist, and Dance Smartly in the Hall of Fame class of 2003.
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