Steve Haskin

  • 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.

  • Haskin: The Eric Guillot Show

    There seemed to be an inordinate amount of people who were displeased with the result of the Aug. 2 Whitney Handicap, mainly due to the winning trainer Eric Guillot, who, to put it mildly, is not your typical trainer.

  • Haskin: The Saint of Saratoga

    Unable to ride any longer due to a series of injuries and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Valerie Buck turned her passion in another direction.

  • Haskin: Ghosts of Press Boxes Past

    The press box. The name evokes images of veteran reporters, sleeves rolled up, sitting behind their Underwood typewriters in a cloud of cigar or cigarette smoke, pounding out stories, scoops, columns, and features.

  • Stopchargingmaria won the 2014 Black-Eyed Susan. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-LdChwcH">Order This Photo</a>

    No Untapable, But CCA Oaks Comes Up Slight

    Despite the absence of Untapable, who chose to run in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) instead of running in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), only six sophomore fillies were entered for the July 20 test.

  • Almost Famous breaks from post 4 in the Ohio Derby.

    Purse Increase Lures 12 to Ohio Derby

    With a $300,000 purse, the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Derby has taken a step in the right direction in returning to the days when Lost Code, Broad Brush, Skip Away, Milwaukee Brew and Smarten graced the winner's circle.

  • Bessie's Boy won the Tremont Stakes by 6 lengths at Belmont June 20.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-Ntvbkc9">Order This Photo</a>

    Stakes Winners Clash in Saratoga's Sanford

    The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course pits two undefeated stakes winners in Bessie's Boy, six-length winner of the Tremont at Belmont, and impressive Bashford Manor victor Cinco Charlie.

  • I'm Already Sexy

    Full Field of 14 Contest Wide-Open Modesty

    The $200,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park July 12 is pretty much a roll of the dice, as 14 fillies and mares look to earn their way into the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 16.

  • Ruffian
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    Haskin: A 'Nasty' Challenge For Ruffian

    If you ask someone to pick out one memorable victory by Ruffian they would have a hard time singling one out. That is because Ruffian's career was not made up of one or two standout performances.

  • Haskin: Remembering Allez France

    I cannot in good conscience write about Dahlia without also writing about her arch rival Allez France, who, physically and mentally, was everything Dahlia was not.

  • Rosalind will be seeking redemption after losing her jockey at Royal Ascot.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Breeders-Cup/32986083_QMHXWK#!i=2873933616&k=mmd3Jgr">Order This Photo</a>

    Xcellence Heads Euro Invaders in Belmont Oaks

    The $1 million Belmont Oaks (gr. IT), formerly the Garden City Stakes, has found a new identity as part of the New York Racing Association's July 5 Stars and Stripes card, which also features the Belmont Derby (gr. IT).