Keyword: Steve Haskin

  • Haskin: Cause to Believe's "small, Arabian-like head makes him an attractive and appealing individual."

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Sweet New Faces and More on the Way

    The biggest news of the day was the arrival Tuesday of Sweetnorthernsaint and Cause to Believe. With a lack of work activity once again, the talk of the morning was the cold and the unveiling of the new Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) saddle towels, which appear to be designed with the sole intention of going unnoticed.

  • Sharp Humor, whom trainer Dale Romans says will attempt to take the early lead in the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Romans Issues Warning

    Sinister Minister or no Sinister Minister, Sharp Humor is the one they'll have to catch on May 6, says the colt's trainer Dale Romans. And any horse who dares look Romans' gladiator in the eye early in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will pay the price.

  • Sunriver waits on the Derby fence.

    Flashy Bull, Sunriver Play the Waiting Game

    For the connections of Flashy Bull and Sunriver, there are three things on their mind this week - Showing Up's puncture wound, Seaside Retreat's workout on Thursday, and Mister Triester's performance in Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes. Only after that will they know whether they've made it into the Derby field.

  • Bob and John, Point Determined Turn in Sharp Works

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bob and John and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Point Determined both worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday as they begin their serious training for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Stevens to Join Louisville Thoroughbred Club Derby Party

    The Louisville Thoroughbred Club invites all Kentucky Derby (gr. I) fans to gather at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 28 to raise a glass with three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens and several of the Thoroughbred industry's top racing analysts as they toast America's greatest race and dice out the odds and chances of all the 132nd Derby contenders.

  • Haskin on First Samurai: "... an immensely talented colt who is just now ready to define who he really is."

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Two Stakes Not All About the Favorites

    Put up or shut up; now or never; do or die. You get the picture. With the running of Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II), we finally will have a good idea who will be in the starting lineup for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Barbaro made reservations for May 6 with impressive Florida win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Five Weeks or Bust

    Fresh is best. Those are the words Barbaro's trainer Michael Matz is living by. Whether he's right or wrong, you have to admire him for going against history and public opinion and sticking to his guns, much like another former equestrian rider, Tim Ritchey, did last with his unorthodox training of Afleet Alex.

  • Bejarano to Ride Point Determined in Santa Anita Derby

    Rafael Bejarano, whose list of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) mounts grows each day, has been named by trainer Bob Baffert to ride Point Determined in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 8. Victor Espinoza, who was originally named to ride the colt, has a prior commitment that day aboard Balance in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I).

  • Barbaro comes into the Florida Derby with an eight-week layoff that followed this Holy Bull victory.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Barbaro at the Gate

    With many of the leading 3-year-olds in Florida skipping town because of what most horsemen feel is the unfavorable scheduling of the Florida Derby (gr. I), Gulfstream's premiere event drew a wide variety of horses, most of them non-stakes winners. The headliner will be the undefeated Barbaro, winner of all four of his starts.

  • Unbeaten Barbaro heads strong Florida Derby field highlighted by partnerships showdown.

    Battle of the Syndicates in Florida Derby

    Cot Campbell pioneered the concept of Thoroughbred racing partnerships when he formed Dogwood Stable in 1969. The seed he planted has produced numerous other successful partnerships, including West Point Stable. On Saturday, Dogwood and West Point square off in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Haskin on Discreet Cat: "impressive power and fluidity of stride."

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Dubai Do or Don't?

    Perhaps it is time to stop poring over every bit of minutia concerning this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and just go with the flow. If you don't, your brain will be fried by the time the Twin Spires come into view and the scent of roses is in the air.

  • Give Mom Her Due

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - Mom's Command has slipped through the cracks again. After having her name on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2005, the 1985 New York filly Triple Crown winner was conspicuous by her absence this year.

  • Haskin: Lawyer Ron &quot;by far the star of the day&quot; with Rebel Stakes win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Rebel Rouser

    This year's road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has only a few more doors left to pass through. But the scene so far at each one has resembled a slapstick comedy routine where everyone tries to go through a door at the same time, and no one gets through.

  • Rockport Harbor, defeating Galloping Grocer in the 2004 Remsen.

    It's Official: Rockport Harbor Retired

    The roller coaster career of Rockport Harbor finally came to an end Monday when owner Rick Porter officially announced the colt has been retired following his latest injury suffered in the Razorback Handicap (gr. III).

  • Rockport Harbor, will remain in training.

    Rockport Harbor to Stay in Training

    Rockport Harbor, who re-injured his right, hind foot in the March 12 Razorback Handicap (gr. III), will remain in training after an encouraging report from blacksmith Sonny Broadus, owner Rick Porter said Thursday night.

  • Lawyer Ron faces next test in Oaklawn&#39;s Rebel Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Change is in the Air

    If you're tired of the same old cast of characters that have been playing the major roles so far, you're going to love next weekend's mixed bag of stakes races. After Saturday, many questions will be answered, and don't be surprised to see some new, exciting faces take center stage on the Triple Crown trail.

  • Re-aggravated injury could end Rockport Harbor&#39;s racing career.

    Rockport Harbor Re-injures Foot; Retirement Possible

    Fox Hill Farms' Rockport Harbor, who has had more than his share of bad luck during his racing career, came out of his fifth-place finish in the March 12 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) with a foot injury that may force his retirement.

  • Jockey John Velazquez, sticking with Bluegrass Cat.

    Velazquez to Stick With Bluegrass Cat

    After agonizing for days whether to ride Bluegrass Cat in the March 18 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) or Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) the same day, John Velazquez and agent Angel Cordero decided to stick to their commitment and ride WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat.

  • First Samurai, who won via disqualification, races ahead of Flashy Bull (10) in the Fountain of Youth.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Fountain Blues

    You know it's a strange day on the Triple Crown trail when you have four stakes and the two most impressive horses seen are in a maiden race and a workout. Although heavy favorites Brother Derek and First Samurai emerged victorious, the latter on a disqualification, it still left most people wanting more.

  • First Samurai, winning last year&#39;s Hopeful Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Samurai's Sword Will Prove Deadly

    First Samurai finally gets his opportunity to show what he can do going two turns when he heads a field of nine in the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), one of four 3-year-old stakes to be run on Saturday. The other big-name horse in action is Brother Derek, who will be a heavy favorite in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II).

  • Lawyer Ron continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby with a victory in the Southwest Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Lawyer Ron Makes His Case

    Lawyer Ron took another step forward with his victory in Saturday's Southwest Stakes, extending his winning streak to four. But he still left a major question unanswered. Despite the lack of stakes action last week, there were several horses around the country who stepped up and made people take notice.

  • Bluegrass Cat, tops field for the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Davis Cup Runneth Over

    What has happened to the Sam F. Davis Stakes? Saturday's race has drawn a field that in the past would have been considered a super field for the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), for which the Davis has been an obscure prep. Perhaps the presence of so many accomplished horses can be attributed to Gulfstream Park's configuration.

  • Whirlaway Stakes winner Achilles of Troy will continue on the road to the Kentucky Derby in Florida.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Lurking in the Wings

    It is mid-February, and although the 3-year-olds look to be a solid bunch, there are few standouts. With question marks surrounding some of the leading contenders and the top spots up for grabs, it's time to check out the second wave, which includes several horses whose bandwagons are ready to take on passengers.

  • Haskin on Bob and John: &quot;getting close to the finished product.&quot;

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Seeing Through the Slop

    What could have been a revealing weekend at Gulfstream Park was instead a muddy mess that left us with just as many questions as we had going in. We also had to try and digest some huge performances by former claimers in lesser races and several defeats that may have outshone the victories.

  • Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with 38 3YOs nominated to Triple Crown 2006.

    Triple Crown Nominations Up; Pletcher Has Record Number

    A new era is about to begin for Triple Crown Productions, with a first-time sponsor and new name for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a new television contract, a significant increase in nominations from 2005, and a record number of nominations from trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • &lt;a href =&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P14-1015&quot; target=&quot;blank&quot;&gt;First Samurai among those who hope the weekend will put them one step closer to the run for the roses.&lt;/a&gt;

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Bullish Weekend on Tap

    This weekend's February feast of 3-year-old races promises to unveil several leading Triple Crown contenders, with a heavy emphasis, as usual, on Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito. The focal points will be the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and the return of First Samurai in the Hutcheson (gr. II).

  • El Camino Real winner Cause to Believe should be a serious contender on the Derby trail.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Believe in the Cause

    Several of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps fell apart last weekend, and the Southern California invaders got hammered by the boys up North in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), but we did see an honest, classy colt in Cause to Believe, and there was plenty of other news on the Derby trail.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: 10 to Watch

    It's hard to believe that betting in the first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Future Wager pool is here already. We all are aware this is pretty much a riskier bet in January, considering most of the horses in the starting field will be grossly under-priced and many will not even make it to the race. With that said, here are 10 new faces to the Derby trail that bear watching.

  • Lawyer Ron, impressive in Risen Star victory.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Stevie Defeat No Big Deal

    Before we get to this week's races, any trainers out there happen to catch the Colts' surprising loss to the Steelers? Did the Colts look rusty, out of sync, a bit soft, not battle tough? Remember how they basically phoned it in the last few games, resting their stars? Well, it's possible that's what can happen when horses are rested too long before the Kentucky Derby.

  • Brother Derek, winning the Hollywood Futurity, seeks San Rafael.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Trail Stakes Preview: Winter Wonder

    It's not often we get to see the probable 2-year-old champ and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) running in January. But not only is Stevie Wonderboy making his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II), he'll be facing another leading juvenile and major Derby contender in Brother Derek.

  • Doctor Decherd, right, with Shaun Bridgmohan on board, duels Itsallboutthechase to the wire to win the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: And Away We Go

    The journey on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Trail officially began last weekend, and although none of the major stars were in action, there were enough solid performances – both gutsy and explosive -- to start the year off in a positive way.

  • A New Year, Same Old Proven Cure

    The new year has begun, and all across the country, 3-year-olds are preparing for the grueling march to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The horses that remain from last year's classic crop are just beginning their journey to the Breeders' Cup. But the main headlines should belong to Proven Cure, who truly is the star of the year so far.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: On Your Mark, Get Set...

    It's time once again to officially embark on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Now is as good a time as any to preview what's to come by listing the most accomplished and promising youngsters. Many of these names will be only that in a few months, but for now, this is how the classic division shapes up as we begin the road to the May 6 Derby.

  • Anatomy of a Stallion Deal: Afleet Alex to Gainesway

    The circumstances surrounding where dual classic winner Afleet Alex would stand at stud began the week after Thanksgiving and moved quickly, culminating in Sunday's announcement that the colt would go to Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky.

  • Afleet Alex&#39;s heroics were the highlight of the 2005 racing season.

    Steve Haskin's Analysis: Afleet Group of Horses in 2005

    Not to take anything away from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, or Saint Liam's grade I victories in the winter, summer, and fall, or Giacomo's stunning upset in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Lost in the Fog's remarkable cross-country odyssey, but 2005 will be remembered for the heroic deeds of Afleet Alex.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: A Wonder to Behold

    Racing seems to have its share of ills these days, which is why the first injection of Derby Fever is being given out earlier and earlier each year. Even taken in small doses in November, it can start the blood pumping, and what better way to brace for the long winter than by getting a brief whiff of roses or hearing even the faintest strains of "My Old Kentucky Home?"

  • Saint Liam earns himself a Classic win.

    Saint Be Praised

    It was a sunny December afternoon, with temperatures reaching the 50s and gusty winds blowing in from the northwest. The 2,453 hardcore racegoers who ventured to Aqueduct Racetrack on this Friday in 2003 had no way of knowing that they were witnessing the birth of a future winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and the leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors.

  • Choctaw Nation among those whose prospects improve with Rocky&#39;s defection from Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: Here Come the Longshots

    If it's the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, you can bet (literally) that there will be several longshot winners. With so many of the grade I races this year appearing to be wide-open, with full fields, there is no reason to think this year will be any different from past Breeders' Cups.

  • Rock Hard Ten on the track at Belmont earlier in the week.

    Mandella Disappointed Rock Hard Ten is Out of Classic

    Trainer Richard Mandella said he is disappointed that an injury will prevent Rock Hard Ten from running in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but that he is glad the injury was detected before the colt ran in Saturday's race.

  • Starcraft, may assume a stalking position in the Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: And They're Off!

    The battle lines have been drawn for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and it is now time to plot strategy and assess the competition. And nowhere will that place with more intensity than in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Saint Liam, working at Aqueduct Monday morning.

    Countdown to the Cup: Cavalcade of Stars

    It was a chaotic Monday morning on the Belmont work tab, with 21 Breeders' Cup horses having their final tune-ups for the World Thoroughbred Championships. And over at Aqueduct, Rick Dutrow worked his two Breeders' Cup horses, Saint Liam and Silver Train.

  • Breeders' Cup 2001: A Day of Heroes

    The 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held only 45 days after the World Trade Center attack, came to symbolize the human spirit and the courage and determination of the Thoroughbred...

  • Riskaverse, gets no respect despite winning or placing in grade I races in each of the last five years, including this win in the Flower Bowl.

    Countdown to the Cup: The Most, the Best, and Other Lists

    It is still too early to make final selections for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Most of the important works are finished, and the majority of the mounts have been assigned. So, basically there is nothing much to do but wait for the shippers to arrive and concoct lists that may or not prove helpful.

  • Oh So Close

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - When Afleet Alex returned to Belmont Park July 28 following surgery to repair a small hairline fracture of his ankle, it was concluded by most everyone that two possibilities existed regarding his future: he either would recover sufficiently to race as a 4-year-old, or his career as a racehorse was over.