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Steve Haskin Turf Writer

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Kentucky Derby Preview

Steve Haskin makes his second appearance of 2007 just in time to give his final take on this year's crop of Derby hopefuls.

Senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse since 1998, Haskin is an award-winning Turf writer renowned for his Kentucky Derby commentary. During his nearly three decades at Daily Racing Form, Steve made a name with his "Derby Watch" columns.

Haskin--who has won five Red Smith Awards for his Kentucky Derby coverage--is the author of Horse Racing's Holy Grail - The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby and biographies of Dr. Fager, John Henry, and Kelso—all published by Eclipse Press.

Bethseda, MD:
Horse racing always gets the short end on televised racing. This past Sunday was an example. What is going to happen to the telecast of the Kentucky Derby when that hockey game goes into overtime? Will racing fans only get a taped 2-minute version?

Haskin:
You're right, racing does get the shaft. When I saw there was a hockey game on I knew for sure it would go into overtime, and not a short one either. I don't want to know what's going to happen for the Derby. And I don't want to know.

Norwalk, CA:
In Derby Dozen, why do you put AGS ahead of SS?

Haskin:
After watching Street Sense work twice this past week, the only reason I can come up with is that I'm an idiot. I was looking for a potential overlay who would provide good value, and I still feel that way about Any Given Saturday. I give him a big chance. But Street Sense is a machine. and a horse cannot train up to a race any better than he has. He has been unbelievable. So, if I had to update my list I would put him back to No. 1, even though I still like Any Given Saturday at a price.

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