Keyword: Steve Haskin

  • And They're Off: Feb. 24 Edition

    Lenny and Steve discuss the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Apple Blossom, the state of racing in New York and Kentucky, and the return of Seattle Slew's silks to the Winner's Circle in New York.

  • And They're Off: Feb. 3 Edition

    Lenny and Steve propose a racing schedule for Rachel Alexandra, take a look at what the entrants in the 2009 Kentucky Derby have done since that race, weigh-in on the Michael Gill situation, and more.

  • And They're Off: January 6, 2010

    Topics include the upcoming year in racing, the potential of the A.P. Indy / Azeri colt Take Control, who's responsible for synthetic surfaces at Santa Anita, and the decision to give an Eclipse Award to ESPN/ABC.

  • Trainer John Shirreffs

    Haskin: Greatest Training Achievements

    Steve Haskin ranks the greatest training achievements for the years 2000 - 2009, both for a trainer with an individual horse and overall.

  • Blood-Horse to Publish Combined Issue

    Blood-Horse Publications will publish a combined issue of The Blood-Horse dated Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010 that will feature "Year in Review" and "Auctions Digest." The issue will go to press Dec. 28.

  • And They're Off: 2009 Offy Awards (Video)

    Steve and Lenny present the 2009 Offy Awards. Categories include: best criminal mastermind, best cowboy hat, best performance in a losing effort, and much, much more.

  • Zenyatta<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8609471%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Helping Fellow Horses

    Zenyatta may be retired, but she remains the gift that keeps on giving. Through her memorabilia and "Moneigh" paintings she has contributed to a number of worthy organizations.

  • Lookin at Lucky (#13) turned in one of the greatest losing efforts in Breeders' Cup history.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8610300%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: December Doldrums

    Who cares if it's only December? You can still pretend eggnog is really a mint julep or that Santa means Santa Anita Derby or that poinsettias smell like roses or that "Jingle Bells" sounds like "My Old Kentucky Home."

  • Zenyatta (left) vs. Rachel Alexandra (right) for 2009 Horse of the Year.

    Haskin on Horse of the Year: Stalemate

    These are the final words from here on the Horse of the Year debate between racing's two monarchs, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Unfortunately, only one likely will be crowned, but you can be sure both will rule in the hearts and minds of most racing fans.

  • Quality Road training at Santa Anita before the Breeders' Cup.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8621664%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Breeders' Cup Wrap: Final Thoughts

    All the comments made about Quality Road being a rogue or crazy are way off base. Dr. Larry Bramlage called him a juvenile delinquent following his meltdown prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic. A juvenile, yes, in many ways, but being scared out of your wits does not make you a delinquent.

  • 2009 Breeders' Cup will forever belong to Zenyatta.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8609665%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's BC Wrapup: Z One and Only

    Over the course of the next week, we'll have several wrapups, going over different aspects of Breeders' Cup 2009, but let's face it; this year's event will forever belong to Zenyatta.

  • You have to bet Presious Passion to win.

    Forget the Favorites, Gimme Some Prices

    If there is one thing you can always count on in the Breeders' Cup it's that it will have it's share of longshot winners and mid-price overlays who get lost in the handicapping frenzy that is so much a part of the event.

  • Henry Cecil (right) at Newmarket.

    Classic Report: Oh, Henry

    If there is one main aspect of the Breeders' Cup that is most fascinating it is the merging of American and British cultures, whether it be terminology, style of racing, or in the way horsemen deal with the media and vice versa.

  • Gio Ponti is gearing up for a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8319927%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic Report: Some Final Angles

    In looking at the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), several thoughts and angles emerged that could have a bearing on the race. While they may turn out to be mere folly, they are at least worth mentioning just to make sure all bases are covered and there is less of a chance of Monday morning quarterbacking.

  • Rip Could Have Eclipsed 'Stars'

    There is no way of telling what might have been in any given race had circumstances been different. And it would be seem audacious to say that Rip Van Winkle was the best horse in the Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), won by Sea the Stars, but a close look at the race reveals several reasons why that statement might have validity.

  • And They're Off: Guest Bill Farish (Video)

    Lenny and Steve discuss the Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries, and the Top 10 reasons that Sea the Stars is staying away from California. Plus, Special Guest Bill Farish of Lane's End Farm.

  • Colonel John<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8378126%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: A Classic Colonel

    Perhaps the best method of handicapping this year's perplexing Breeders' Cup Classic is to make a checklist comprising every major handicapping category that pertains to the race and see who qualifies in the most categories.

  • Pilgrim winner Eskendereya<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8531973%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: The Todd Squad

    Whatever name you want to give them, Todd's Tots, Pletcher's Pups, you can be sure you'll be hearing from Todd Pletcher's 2-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup juvenile races, and more importantly on next year's Triple Crown trail. That's when they really will shine.

  • Raven's Pass came across the pond to win last year's Breeders' Cup Classic. Will history repeat itself? <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6458912%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Can it Happen Twice?

    On April 17, 2008, American racing fans were immersed in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and no one was even giving the Breeders' Cup a second thought. But across the Atlantic, there was a scene being played out that would have a far greater effect on the Breeders' Cup than anyone could have imagined.

  • Presious Passion won the Clement Hirsch at Santa Anita on October 11.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8548175%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Early Angles

    As we all know there is always an angle or two we can latch on to in the Breeders' Cup. The trick is finding them among the morass of stakes horses that line up for the 14 races. There probably are more chances of landing a longshot on a synthetic surface, because, in all honesty, does anyone really know how to handicap these races?

  • Parading should be sitting on a huge race coming into the Goodwood.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8117794%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Goodwood Parade

    You can't say there isn't enough to choose from when handicapping Saturday's $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I), with a smorgasbord of stakes horses all trying to earn their place in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)

  • All eyes will be on Sea the Stars in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Haskin's Weekend Stakes Analysis

    Let's start in Paris. Despite the presence of a number of top-class horses in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), all eyes will be on Sea the Stars as he attempts to put the finishing touch on an unforgettable 3-year-old campaign.

  • Zenyatta won the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on August 9.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8394821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Zenyatta's Turn

    Now that Rachel Alexandra is through for the year, it is time for Zenyatta, the defending Queen of all Turfdom, to take center stage, and her presence will be a welcome sight in a year where the Breeders' Cup has gone a bit haywire.

  • Last year's Breeders' Cup Mile winner Goldikova will try for her fourth consecutive victory in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

    Countdown to the Cup: Arc Weather Looks Good

    The chances of Sea The Stars being withdrawn from Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) due to soft ground appear slim to none, as the weather forecast calls for little or no rain through next Tuesday.

  • Ventura winning the Woodbine Mile (Can-I)

    Countdown to the Cup: More Fantastic Fillies

    With Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and Ventura, familiar standbys like Forever Together and Music Note, and rapidly rising stars Icon Project, Careless Jewel, and Swift Temper, as well as Goldikova in Europe, this is truly a special year for fillies.