Steve Haskin

  • Monarchos' Greatness Was Cut Way Too Short

    Monarchos was not your average Kentucky Derby winner. He and his training team of John Ward, who was listed trainer, and his wife Donna paved new ground in how to prepare a horse to win the Derby.

  • The Brazen Mr. Burch

    What made Elliott Burch such a great trainer is the fact that his seemingly audacious moves usually worked, resulting in numerous championships and three Horse of the Year titles, as well as his own election into the Hall of Fame.

  • Is Arrogate For Real?

    All you had to do was replace the sandy loam of Saratoga Racetrack with the lush green grass of Europe's finest racecourses

  • September 30, 1967

    The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don’t confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary

  • Baffert Forever Linked to Unbridled's Song

    It was 1996 and Bob Baffert, then a relatively unknown trainer, made his first impact on the classic scene when he brought Santa Anita Derby winner Cavonnier to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

  • What Makes Byk Tick?

    Let’s cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn’t an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.

  • American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

    Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records?

  • Destin Best in Travers?

    Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.

  • The Doc and the Rock

    It was races like the New Hampshire Sweepstakes that came to mind as I looked out over the beautiful Rockingham Park infield for the first and only time. Soon Rockingham will be gone, taking with it some of the great moments in racing history.

  • Zito Looking to Recapture Glory Days

    The once ubiquitous Nick Zito has not been as prominent in recent years, but he still has hopes of finding the types of young horses he used to pick out at the sales on a regular basis. To him it was all about finding classic-type horses.

  • McLaughlin Finally Unleashes the Real Frosted

    This column is split into two parts. One is a look at the career of Frosted, with comments from those around him, and the other is a repost of a column I wrote early last year that focused on Kiaran McLaughlin's daughter Erin.

  • A Long Overdue Thank You

    My intense feelings of gratitude to my wife and daughter, and all my friends and family who shared in the most special and memorable day of my career.

  • Pacific Overtures

    Just as rare is the scenario that is about to unfold. Boy vs. boy on top of boy vs. boy vs. girl; all three with serious designs on Horse of the Year honors, and two of the three already virtual shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame.

  • A King Any Other Year

    Last week, it was reported that King Glorious had died in Japan at the age of 30, having been pensioned since 2010 due to declining fertility.

  • Scrapbooks From the Past

    Even after all these years, I still treasure those early scrapbooks that helped to preserve my memories of a time when you could actually feel those stories in your hand and protect them from time and the elements.

  • A New Brand of Hero

    If you go back through the 20th century, the typical equine hero was a 3-year-old or 4-year-old male who excelled at our classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

  • Mid-Year Look at the BC Classic

    No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.

  • A Song Unfinished

    Eva Cassidy had the voice of an angel. Her jazz/blues rendition of "Over the Rainbow" brought people to tears.

  • WinStar Creates a Wild Ending

    No one knows how long the 2016 Triple Crown will remain in the public's memory banks, but for now at least it should be remembered for its eccentricities, following one of the most memorable and emotional Triple Crowns in history.

  • WinStar's Belmont Bunny

    And the most unusual aspect of it is that everyone seems to be happy, which is not often the case when it comes to rabbits.

  • Kent Desormeaux after his Preakness win aboard Exaggerator

    Desormeaux Confronting Alcohol Problem

    When Kent Desormeaux gets a leg up June 11 aboard early Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite Exaggerator, he will bring with him a new focus on life and a determination to win that exceeds even the intense competition of the racetrack.

  • Epsom Follies

    Steve Haskin recalls his adventures while attending his first Epsom Derby on June 7, 1976, and the 1978 edition of the race, won by Shirley Heights.

  • The Ex Terminator

    Did you ever have a recurring dream that you were chasing someone or some thing and just as you were about to catch it you woke up?

  • Preakness Questions Abound…Or do They?

    Although Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, the overwhelming 3-5 morning line favorite, looks to be a standout as he takes his eight-race unbeaten streak into the Preakness Stakes, it is still a horse race.

  • Fiddler on the Hoof

    On June 20, 2011, the Lady Blunt Stradivarius, made by Italian Antonio Stradivari in 1721 sold at public auction for $15.9 million.