Thursday October 6, 2005
Steve Haskin is an award-winning Turf writer renowned for his Kentucky Derby commentary. During his nearly three decades at Daily Racing Form, Haskin made a name with his "Derby Watch" columns.
He joined The Blood-Horse magazine in 1998 as senior correspondent. Haskin, who has won four 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 (out of print), and Kelso—all published by Eclipse Press and available online from ExclusivelyEquine.
Join Steve as he fields your questions about this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Today, we have a chance to pick Steve's brain about the fast-approaching Breeders' Cup races, so let's get right to it...
I think Singletary has a big shot at repeating the mile. Do you think he has a chance? I know the chalk is a monster, but I prefer shots on the turf.
After his race in the Oak Tree Mile, I definitely give him a big chance. I liked him even before the race. He looks like a horse who brings it on the big days. Remember, "Leroi" is mainly a speed horse, and you never know what kind of pace pressure you're going to have. It'll also be interesting to see if Starcraft goes in the Mile or the Classic. To throw one more at you at a decent price, a fast pace will enable Artie Schiller to take back and use his quick turn of foot, so don't throw him out. He loves Belmont. But Singletary should be right there again, as long as he gets footing he likes.
How do we gauge horses like Dawn of War, Laity, etc. off their performances on that strange track at Keeneland?
You can't gauge horses who race at Keeneland, especially if it's a speed and rail-biased track, which you get so often, especially this time of year. In any event, I don't think Dawn of War is in the same class as First Samurai or Private Vow, Stevie Wonderboy, and Sorcerer's Stone. I would throw that race out when looking for a BC Juvenile winner. Laity looked to be the only one who had the brilliance to match the big guns, but he didn't run very well.
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