Steve Haskin

  • Gift Horse on the Derby Trail

    Success in the purchasing of horses is often attributed to seeing what others don't see; in other words, looking past physical issues or deficiencies that turn other buyers off.

  • A Derby Road Less Traveled

    With 3-year-olds running basically two or three times tops prior to the Derby, there is little or no room for races that offer zero points.

  • A True American Beauty

    Sometimes, a brief comment can trigger a deluge of thoughts and images, and such was the case when Bob Baffert said of American Pharoah, 'He showed the beauty of racing.'

  • Greenpointcrusader - Breeders' Cup 2015

    Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - January 19, 2016

    It's Here, the long awaited return of Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen! Steve held American Pharoah as the top horse last year, can he repeat his success in 2016? See next week's Blood-Horse magazine for more analysis.

  • California Chrome Meets Mr. Peabody

    If California Chrome were on Facebook, here are some comments you might be reading, and I don't mean all those human run Facebook pages. I mean comments from the real thing. Well, so to speak.

  • Haskin: Say Goodbye to Louisville

    Looking through my old Derby recaps for Blood-Horse, I have compiled a series of backstretch anecdotes that I feel capture some of my most memorable behind-the-scenes moments covering the Derby.

  • Video of the Year: Pharoah Travers Gallop

    There have been some exciting racing videos on YouTube this year, but none more exciting and revealing, and ultimately profound than the GoPro video of American Pharoah's gallop the day before the Travers Stakes.

  • Shared Memories

    The death of Shared Belief shocked the racing world and reminded everyone just how gut wrenching this sport can be and how fragile these magnificent horses are.

  • It's in the Blood

    What did Sir Edmund Hillary do after he became the first person to climb Mt. Everest? What peaks are left to climb when you've climbed the highest in the world?

  • American Pharoah Deserves SI Award

    Who has been more esteemed by so many? Who has demonstrated more fairness? Who has been more courteous and has exhibited more good temper toward his or her fans than American Pharoah?

  • A Morning in the Kentucky Sun

    It was just me, American Pharoah, and Jimmy Barnes with not another soul around in as intimate a moment as I could ever recall with a Derby favorite.

  • American Pharoah: Into the Pantheon

    At 2 a.m Sunday morning, America turned the clocks back an hour. Approximately eight hours earlier, the Thoroughbred racing world turned the clocks back 40, 50, 60 years, back to the Golden Era of the sport.

  • BC Friday Analysis: Let the Fun Begin

    There will be several longshots that come in, some at huge prices. The toughest past of the Breeders' Cup is finding them among the morass of top-class horses who will be competing.

  • Tonalist, Volponi Share Common Thread

    He's reliable, he's honest, he loves a mile and a quarter, and he consistently runs fast speed figures. But is Tonalist good enough to win the Breeders' Cup Classic...away from Belmont Park?

  • Why Beholder Has Outrun Her Pedigree

    When you have a freak of a racehorse who just happens to have a freaky pedigree, then you have found something extra special. And that appears to be the case with Beholder.

  • Empire Maker Returning Home

    For Bobby Frankel, he was to be the Messiah; the gifted regally bred racing machine that would be racing's next superstar. He even had the appropriate name -- Empire Maker.

  • Liam Puts Nerud on the Map Again

    How do you choose the crowning legacy of a person's career, especially when that person is John Nerud, who had so many careers and has left so many legacies it's difficult to single one out?

  • Final Take on Pharoah Post-Crown Tour

    There is one final moment on the American Pharoah post Triple Crown tour that needs to be mentioned; this time to demonstrate how today's sights, sounds, and actions can reflect the changing times.

  • Loss Can't Derail Pharoah Phenomenon

    The defeat hit like a ton of bricks. It was a crushing blow to the thousands who journeyed to Saratoga and those watching on TV. But the bottom line is that American Pharoah should not be blamed for this loss.

  • Travers Stakes: High Anxiety

    The Travers scares the heck out of Steve Haskin, even though American Pharoah looks as if he could have everything his own way on the lead and could very well take the field on a merry romp.

  • Deep in the Heart of 'Texas'

    The 3-year-old showdown of the year will take place in the grade I Travers Stakes, where American Pharoah has made another cross-country trip to take on Texas Red and Frosted, and several others.

  • The 'Iron Lady's' Secret Garden

    Watching Beholder decimate her male opponents in the Pacific Classic and the aftermath on TVG and social media, it made me realize how times have changed.

  • Travers Decision Brings Many Questions

    What is in the best interest of American Pharoah should be the top priority, and we all know by now that is, and has always been, first and foremost in the minds of his connections.

  • The Females Behind Pharoah

    We are all well aware by now that Jill Baffert is the "woman behind the man" in the Baffert family, but it is time to meet the "women" of the Zayat family.

  • The Legacy of John Nerud

    Although his body steadily deteriorated over the past couple of years, his mind refused to follow and he still was looking for ways to improve the sport, NYRA, and the Breeders' Cup right up until his final breath.

  • Lava Man Revisited

    With his induction into the Hall of Fame today, a look back at Steve Haskin's blog from May 23, 2012 recounting the story of Lava Man.