Steve Haskin

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  • Lady Eli’s Amazing Story Continues

    Waiting for a horse like this is something Sol Kumin and Jay Hanley no longer will do. For as many top-class horses as they own and will own, they know in their heart they will never again have a horse like Lady Eli. Nor will anyone else.

  • John Henry, Phil Marino, and Early Cajun Days

    If John Henry had one positive trait, it was his ability to touch people's lives. Of course, everyone knows how John affected the lives of Ron McAnally and Sam Rubin, but no one's life was affected more by the horse than Phil Marino's.

  • Secretariat Photo Album

    I have posted photos of Secretariat over the years, but never all of them in one place. I figured it was time to put all these photos together in a single blog, just to have them archived and easily accessible.

  • Secretariat Still Omnipresent After 44 Years

    Despite the emergence of numerous equine superstars and three more Triple Crown winners, Secretariat is still the gift that keeps giving. More than four decades later, his name still is part of our vernacular and in many ways of our culture.

  • Long, Hard Struggle For Female Jockeys

    When Diane Nelson passed away at age 54, her days riding regularly on the tough New York circuit were long forgotten by many. But those who followed racing in the Big Apple remember her as a top rider.

  • Arrogate, Where Are You?

    The more Arrogate accomplishes, the more we want to see if he can top it. Unlike the vast majority of today's champions, we want to know just how high a ceiling our champions have.

  • Hammer Time: My Wildest Assignment Ever

    It didn't take the M.C. Hammer long to make a major impact on the sport with the exciting filly Lite Light, who surged into national prominence by capturing the Las Virgenes Stakes, Santa Anita Oaks, Fantasy Stakes, and the Kentucky Oaks.

  • Get your Scorecard, the Travers Trail Has Begun

    While it is still too early to get a clear picture of who is going where, one thing is for certain: the Haskell, Jim Dandy, and Travers are going to be extremely competitive and entertaining events, from which a solid 3-year-old leader should emerge.

  • The Truth About Patch

    Humans and animals overcoming physical handicaps and going on to achieve great things has always been a sure way to bring out the sentimental side of people, who admire grit and resolve in the face of adversity.

  • The Day Hansel Defied Lasix

    To set the stage for Hansel's Belmont victory, one must go back to Churchill Downs, where the colt had thrown in an inexplicably bad performance in the Kentucky Derby, finishing 10th after looking like a winner at the top of the stretch.

  • The Amazing Tapit: The Whole Story

    Tonalist...Frosted...Creator...Tapwrit. If not for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah defeating Frosted in 2015, Tapwrit would have been Tapit's fourth consecutive Belmont Stakes winner.

  • Belmont Analysis: End of a Long Odd Journey

    Here we are at the end of the road--the often unpredictable Belmont Stakes, without the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner, without the favorite Classic Empire, and with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the head of the Japanese invader Epicharis.

  • 25 Years Ago: A.P. Indy Gets His Classic

    There was no doubt that A.P. Indy would be a heavy favorite in the Belmont Stakes. All that was left was for the colt to have his all-important major work. Unfortunately. the night before it poured at Belmont, turning the track into a quagmire.

  • Epicharis and Belmont a Perfect Fit

    If you want to get a bit more adventurous and take a shot on a horse who not only could win the Belmont, he could win in impressive fashion, then why not take a good hard look at the Japanese invader Epicharis.

  • Always Dreaming's Journey on the Derby Dozen

    As I have done the past several years, I thought it would be interesting to go back week by week and re-live the observations, race reports, workout reports, and any news regarding the eventual Kentucky Derby winner.

  • The Derby Past vs. Present: No Contest

    Racing fans who were not around before the 1980s may find it difficult to appreciate just how much the dynamics of the Kentucky Derby have changed since then and how much more difficult the race is to win.

  • Awesome Addition to Old Friends

    With Awesome Gem arriving at his new home at Old Friends April 7 I thought it would be an appropriate time to reprint a column I wrote in 2010 on this old warrior and the person whose life he changed.

  • John Nerud and the Making of Arrogate

    John Nerud's influence can be found in both the male and female family of Arrogate, the sensational Travers, Breeders' Cup Classic, and Pegasus World Cup winner who set off a frenzy of superlatives with his incredible victory in the Dubai World Cup.

  • Arrogate and How We Define Greatness

    Arrogate is as great as each individual perceives him, and it has nothing to do with competition or longevity. Years from now, Arrogate's Hall of Fame plaque will be there among the others, and nowhere will it mention the quality of his competition.

  • Tracks Need to Follow NYRA’s TV Expansion

    With season one a major success, NYRA has announced an expanded partnership with Fox Sports that will result in additional live shows. 46 live shows are scheduled to be shown on Fox Sports2 covering racing from Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.