Steve Haskin

  • Whitney Stakes winner Moreno<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-ZcSxSbR">Order This Photo</a>

    BC Classic: How Weak Are the Older Horses?

    Let's face it, the older horse division that at one time looked like a sure thing to dominate the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has pretty much fallen apart. Could a horse like Zivo jump up and beat the 3-year-olds?

  • Shared Belief

    Questions Surround BC Classic 3-Year-Olds

    With the once-powerful older horse division now all but depleted, the spotlight in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) shines on the 3-year-olds, who should be as dominant at the mutuel windows as they look to be on the track.

  • Cigar: The Early Days

    When he eventually was sent to Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm as a baby, the son of Palace Music acquired a reputation for being feisty and mischievous.

  • Cigar, Breeders' Cup Classic 1996

    Haskin: Farewell to Cigar

    Racing lost one its all-time greats with the passing of Cigar. As a tribute, I am reprinting some of my most memorable experiences with this magnificent horse.

  • Haskin: Beware the Wise Dan Curse

    For all those with aspirations of winning either Horse of the Year or the Older Male title or the Male Grass title, there is a force out there even stronger than Eric Guillot's voodoo dolls. It is the curse of Wise Dan.

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    Wicked Strong to Sit Out Rest of Year

    Centennials Farms' Wicked Strong, who clipped heels in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and unseated jockey Rajiv Maragh, will not be sent to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup and will be put away for the remainder of the year.

  • Shared Belief wins the Awesome Again Stakes.

    Haskin: Thoughts on a Super Saturday

    Although Super Saturday in New York and California had several twists that no one was expecting, it did help clarify the Breeders' Cup picture to some extent, but also raised questions as well.

  • My Miss Aurelia<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2014551956&k=nHhccr7">Order This Photo</a>

    My Miss Aurelia, Dreaming of Julia Retired

    The illustrious Stonestreet Farms broodmare band gained two more celebrities with the announcement Sept. 24 that two of their star fillies, My Miss Aurelia and Dreaming of Julia, have been retired.

  • Goldencents won the 2014 Pat O'Brien Stakes.

    Goldencents to Remain in California

    After working on the grass Sept. 20, Goldencents' trip to Keeneland to face Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4 has been canceled, said majority owner Glenn Sorgenstein.

  • California Chrome works at Los Alamitos.

    California Chrome Draws Rail in PA Derby

    California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), will break from the rail in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing.

  • The Pizza Man won the 2014 American St. Leger.

    The Pizza Man Takes Win Streak to Woodbine

    Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man will be making his first delivery outside the Chicago area 18 months, as he looks to extend his five-race winning streak in the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (gr. IT) at Woodbine.

  • Private Prospect

    'Prospect,' Sarah Sis Head Futurity, Lassie

    Arlington International offers two of the last stakes run on Polytrack in the United States this year, as 2-year-olds take the stage in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Arlington-Washington Lassie Sept. 6.

  • Jessica's Star

    Super Derby Attracts 11 in Wide-Open Affair

    This year's edition of the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs Sept. 6 drew a competitive filed of 11, headed by the one-two finishers of the Ohio Derby and the first three finishers of the Prelude Stakes.

  • Goldencents won the Pat O'Brien Stakes on Aug. 24.

    Goldencents vs. Wise Dan Showdown Likely

    Goldencents, last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, is to make his next start Oct. 4 in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), where he would likely face two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

  • Cat's Claw won the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-nN6dMrQ">Order This Photo</a>

    Cat's Claw Seeks Four in a Row in Glens Falls

    Cat's Claw has taken every step up the class ladder since her inauspicious beginning and has now scratched her way up to the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.

  • Clearly Now won the Belmont Sprint Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths on July 5.
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    Clearly Now Faces Class Field in Forego

    Belmont Sprint (gr. III) stakes winner Clearly Now takes on nine opponents as he attempts to duplicate his Herculean performance in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course.

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    Plesa Hoping to Get Lucky in Woodward

    Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is looking to turn the tables on Whitney Stakes (gr. I) winner Moreno with Itsmyluckyday in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Haskin: A Victory for the Family

    Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) was not just about V.E. Day, but also V.J. Day. We had the Victory in Europe tie-in and the Victory for Jerkens tie-in.

  • Haskell winner Bayern drew post 2 for the Travers.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-t4LpzQs">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Three Clash in Rich Travers Stakes

    On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.

  • Wicked Strong
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    Haskin: Viva Travers!

    First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts.

  • Ta Wee in the 1969 Vosburgh Handicap.

    Haskin's Top Sprinters of the Last 50 Years

    View images from Steve Haskin's feature about Thoroughbred Racing's all-time top sprinters, appearing in the Aug. 23, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. This feature will also reveal poll results from our community.

  • Haskin: The Girls Who Lost Curlin

    No one can really predict Hall of Fame greatness after one start, but there have been a number of fortunate trainers who have had the thrill of foreseeing potential greatness in a young horse.

  • Twilight Eclipse

    Twilight Eclipse Primed for Sword Dancer

    A world record holder at 1 1/2 miles on turf who just missed winning the United Nations last month, Twilight Eclipse looks ready for a peak effort in Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 17.