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  • Pleasantly Perfect capped a perfect day for trainer Richard Mandella with his stunning Classic victory.

    Classic Recap: One Perfect Day

    The San Gabriel Mountains could barely be seen against the black morning sky. Then, just before 5:30, a fiery glow appeared, illuminating the peaks off to the east. As in 1993, raging fires had broken out near Santa Anita, although these were some 40 miles away.

  • Evening Attire, among Haskin's longshots to watch.

    Steve Haskin's Longshot Specials

    As in past Breeders' Cups, there are longshots galore in this year's World Thoroughbred Championships. Finding them, however, is another matter. This year, the task will be more challenging than usual.

  • Evening Attire, New York-based Classic contender.

    Classic Report: Funny Cide Heads New York Invaders

    It was 34 degrees in New York Thursday morning. The three New York-based horses for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) – Funny Cide, Volponi, and Evening Attire -- were a bit warmer as they tried to acclimate to the unusually hot weather in Southern California.

  • Congaree Returns to Track; Baffert Says Colt is Day to Day

    Congaree went to the track Wednesday morning for some light exercise, equipped with a temporary patch for his quarter crack. Trainer Bob Baffert said tomorrow will be a key day in determining the colt's chances of making the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel.

    Wild Spirit Out of Distaff; Frankel Trio Works

    Bobby Frankel said Tuesday that Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) winner Wild Spirit will not run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), and will be given time off to point for next year's campaign. Frankel worked Peace Rules, Aldebaran, and Midas Eyes at Hollywood Park.

  • Volponi, center, hopes to use Meadowlands Cup as steppingstone to Classic success.

    Volponi Works For Friday's Meadowlands Cup

    Volponi, who used the Meadowlands Cup (gr. III) as a springboard to victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed a half mile in :49 2/5 at Belmont for Friday night's running of the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Balto Star, may be added to Jockey Club Gold Cup field.

    JC Gold Cup Trainers Playing the Waiting Game

    With Empire Maker withdrawn from Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), several trainers who had no plans to run are now reconsidering and will see how the field shapes up before deciding whether to enter on Thursday.

  • Funny Cide Breezes on Belmont Turf; Plans Uncertain

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide had his first work over the turf Wednesday morning, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:03, and it was not what trainer Barclay Tagg was looking for. Tagg said the gelding's plans still are up in the air.

  • Empire Maker, sidelined by bruised foot.

    Empire Maker Out of Gold Cup With Foot Bruise

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker will not run in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) due to a foot bruise suffered Wednesday morning. Trainer Bobby Frankel said the Belmont (gr. I) winner will be shipped back to California.

  • Trainer Laura de Seroux, with Horse of the Year Azeri.

    BC Classic Not Out of the Question For Azeri

    Laura de Seroux, trainer of Azeri, said Tuesday that in the wake of the defections of Candy Ride and Perfect Drift, she will keep her options open regarding the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Candy Ride, in "classy and flawless" Pacific Classic victory.

    Countdown to the Cup: The Ride of a Lifetime

    It was a big weekend for the Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge, as Ten Most Wanted proved in the Travers that the pre-Kentucky Derby hype was justified. But it's going to be a long time before we see a performance as classy and flawless as the one we saw from Candy Ride in the Pacific Classic.

  • Iron Deputy beats a select cast in the Brooklyn, as Volponi runs second, Saarland third.

    Iron Will

    It's been "two years in the making," as jockey Richard Migliore said, but "The Iron Deputy Show" finally premiered on June 14, opening to rave reviews. The theater was the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), and a star-studded cast added to the festivities.

  • Aidan O'Brien, trains Hold That Tiger.

    Steve Haskin's Road to the Kentucky Derby: How The Mighty Have Fallen

    While there were some impressive performances this weekend, it is not likely any of the winners of the major stakes want to go a mile and a quarter. Therefore, we will precede the review of those races with a few comments regarding the overall picture of the 3-year-old crop, as well as Hold That Tiger and the other Ballydoyle horses.

  • Derby Magic

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i><br>The dark bay colt lay sprawled out in his stall following his brilliant victory in the previous day's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). A few minutes later, Vindication was up on his feet, greeting his visitor by sticking out his tongue, hoping the visitor would understand the request.

  • A Classic Puzzler

    Welcome to the Rubic's Cube of horse races, better known as the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Go ahead; just try to figure this one out.

  • Steve Haskin's Breeders' Cup Future Bet Analysis

    With Pool 1 of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet in the books, fans will have some idea what to expect when they wager on Pool 2, which will be conducted from Aug. 9-11. The races in Pool 2 are the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, Breeders' Cup Mile, and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

  • John Velasquez aboard Queen Bee winner Raging Fever.

    Queen Bee

    Things were back to normal for the Edward P. "Ned" Evans stable on June 22. After pulling off the rare feat (for him) of winning two consecutive stakes with colts, Evans and trainer Mark Hennig returned to their filly factory and sent out the queen bee, Raging Fever, for another victory in a filly and mare stakes.

  • War Emblem, after winning Preakness Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Story: Battle of Baltimore

    It was no longer about buying the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Saudi Arabian politics, or lawsuits and bonuses. The 127th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was about a white-haired man and his free-spirited black horse, and the history they will be attempting to make in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.

  • Kentucky Derby Winner War Emblem breaks from post position 8 in Saturday&#39;s Preakness.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Report (5/17): War Zone

    A war zone. That's what posts 8 through 12 are going to be in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, as a five-horse stampede is going to come charging out of the gate and down the Pimlico stretch for the first time. And it's all the result of Bob Baffert and Company choosing post 8, resulting in the connections of the other speed horses to all select outside posts.

  • Steve Haskin's Daily Derby Reports-Archive

    <i>Editor's Note: Steve Haskin is an award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000.and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997. In 1999, he co-authored "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" with trainer Bob Baffert and wrote the books, "Dr. Fager" and "John Henry" for Eclipse Press'"Thoroughbred Legends" series. In his latest book, "Racing's Holy Grail - The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby," Haskin takes readers behind the scenes and into the trenches as he examines what it takes to win the world's most famous horse race. He plumbs the secrets of successful trainers, the common pitfalls that hinder so many others, and the enigmatic nature of the race itself. Below are Haskin's daily reports leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby.