Steve Haskin

Steve Haskin is Senior Contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine, sister publication to The Horse.

Articles by Steve Haskin

Commentary: One Death Too Many

Steve Haskin shares thoughts on Intense Holiday's death, injuries and deaths in horse racing, and laminitis. Read More

Commentary: The Real Story Behind the "50-1" Shot

Steve Haskin takes a look back on he remembers Mine That Bird's Triple Crown journey. Read More

Commentary: St Nicholas Abbey's 
Brave Battle

Learn about St Nicholas Abbey's battle with a fracture that was ultimately ended by a severe bout of colic. Read More

Commentary: Rachel Alexandra and Brent Comer: A Love Story

Meet a person instrumental in helping Rachel Alexandra recover from life-threatening foaling complications. Read More

Commentary: Racehorse Paynter Continues Road to Recovery

Steve Haskin provides an update on Paynter's recovery at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center. Read More

Breeders' Cup: Questing Found to Have Eye Injury

The filly's eye was swollen shut the evening after her race, but no one is sure how or when she was injured. Read More

Thoroughbred Trainer Pletcher Not Worried about Salix Ban

All Pletcher's 2-year-olds have raced on Salix in all of their starts. Read More

Commentary: Paynter--A Profile in Courage

Steve Haskin shares his thoughts on racehorse Paynter's multiple medical battles and his recovery. Read More

Strict Protocols in Place for Belmont Stakes Contenders

The NYSRWB issued protocols for Belmont horses, including a stakes barn at which all horses must reside. Read More

Breeders' Cup: Trainer Releases Statement on Life At Ten

Todd Pletcher, trainer of Life At Ten, has issued a statement regarding the much-publicized incident in which his filly finished last in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, held Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., creating a public Read More

Commentary: Visiting Zenyatta

Steve Haskin is a veteran Blood-Horse writer who recently got the chance to visit with Zenyatta. Find out how she's adjusting to life on the farm, a pasture with friends, and if she's physically ready to become a mom. Read More

Breeders' Cup: Churchill Downs' Track Should be Fair

After the slow times turned in on Sunday's opening day card, and the forecast of freezing low temperatures for Friday and Saturday, the typical warning flares went up. How fair will the track be for the Breeders' Cup and what Read More

Breeders' Cup: Zenyatta Steals the Headlines

Mighty Mare vs. Goldi the Great. Although they won't be competing against each other, filly phenoms Zenyatta and Goldikova will be battling for world domination on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs. The burning question on everyone's Read More

Review: Secretariat Delivers

It was an early August morning at Saratoga in 1972. I was sitting several yards from the rail, having breakfast with a Daily Racing Form colleague when I heard this sound behind me, getting louder and louder. The pounding hooves and sn Read More

Belmont Stakes Winner Drosselmeyer Out with Injury

Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer has been taken out of training indefinitely with an ankle problem that trainer Bill Mott said likely will keep the colt out for the remainder of the year. The problem was discovered after Drosselmeyer breezed Read More

Kip Deville Succumbs to Laminitis

After a lengthy battle with laminitis and several bouts of colic, Kip Deville, winner of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), took a major turn for the worse this week and had to be euthanized at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., June Read More

2009 Belmont Stakes Winner Summer Bird Retired

Champion Summer Bird, who catapulted to stardom in the 2009 Belmont Stakes, has been retired due to complications of a fracture suffered last fall prior to the Japan Cup Dirt. The son of Birdstone–Hong Kong Squall, by Summer Sq Read More

Eskendereya Retired From Racing


Zayat Stables' Eskendereya, runaway winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and overwhelming early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired due to Read More

Kip Deville Recovering From Bout with Colic

Kip Deville, who survived a near-fatal case of laminitis earlier this year, is resting comfortably at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after undergoing surgery for his third attack of colic.

"There are no new lesions Read More

Racehorse Kip Deville 'Doing Great' in Laminitis Fight

Kip Deville, who has been battling life-threatening laminitis for several months, continues to show significant improvement at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and his connections remain cautiously optimistic.

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Zenyatta Items Benefit Thoroughbred Retirement

Zenyatta might be retired, but she remains the gift that keeps on giving. Through her memorabilia and her "Moneigh" paintings she has contributed to such worthy charitable organizations as the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroug Read More

Summer Bird Injured, Withdrawn from Japan Cup Dirt

Summer Bird, winner of the grade I Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, was withdrawn from the Dec. 6 Japan Cup Dirt after suffering an injury in a workout at Hanshin Race Course.

According to owner Dr. K.K. Jayaraman Read More

Quality Road Passes First Gate Test

Quality Road, whose exploits have been followed closely since his traumatic encounter with the starting gate before the Breeders' Cup Classic cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, schooling at Belmont to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Read More

Quality Road Arrives at Belmont

Quality Road, who was forced to scratch from the Breeders' Cup Classic after suffering minor injuries during a bad incident at the starting gate, arrived safely at Todd Pletcher's barn at Belmont Park at 6 a.m. Tuesday following an Read More

Quality Road to Van Home, Gate Work Planned

Quality Road not only suffered several injuries from his traumatic incident at the starting gate prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic, he suffered mentally as well and now will have to van home to Belmont Park from California after refusing Read More