Steve Haskin

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

Articles by Steve Haskin

Foot Injury Could Keep Rip Van Winkle Out of Breeders' Cup

Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien took a chance by entering only Rip Van Winkle in the Breeders' Cup Classic, despite the colt's history of foot problems. They now could wind up without a horse in the race if Rip's most recen Read More

Undefeated Mare Zenyatta Entered in Breeders' Cup Classic

Trainer John Shirreffs said on a national teleconference that the first preference for Zenyatta is the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic as long as she works well Oct. 31 at Hollywood Park and appears to be peaking for the Read More

Thoroughbred Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

The 2009 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductions, held on Aug. 14, came together like a great American tapestry, highlighted by the irrepressible Bob Baffert, who rose from the Quarter Horse ranks in and around his hometown of Nogales Read More

Rachel Alexandra Heads Field of Seven in Haskell

Although Rachel Alexandra has been installed as the 4-5 favorite for the $1.25-million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Aug. 2, she could face stiff competition from several of the six 3-year-old colts entered against her.

The filly, who Read More

Haskin's Belmont Picks

Warning: what you are about to read should be taken with extreme skepticism. Not to sound self deprecating, but yours truly is on one nasty losing streak in the Triple Crown, and the selection for the Belmont Stakes will be made as a means of Read More

Belmont Report: Love That Bird

Ok, I am officially smitten with Mine That Bird. I admit to being one of those misguided souls who paid no attention to him before the Kentucky Derby other than to comment what a beautiful mover he was. After the Preakness and seeing him on the Read More

Dogwood Stable Names Mine That Bird's Brother

Dogwood Stable, which paid $485,000 for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird's half-brother by Yonaguska at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale, has named the colt Brother Bird.

According to a Dogwood spokesperson, the colt, out o Read More

Preakness Recap: Remarkable Rachel

Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring," wrote: "One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'"

Although Carson was referring to the beauties of the Read More

Search is on Again for Mine That Bird Jockey

For the second race in a row, Mine That Bird's connections must look for a different rider, as Mike Smith has decided to honor his commitment and ride Jerry and Ann Moss' Madeo in the Charlie Whittingham Stakes at Hollywood Park the same day as Read More

Big Brown Farrier Managing Quarter Crack in New Derby Contender

Farrier Ian McKinlay, who was in the news last year dealing with Big Brown's quarter crack prior to the Belmont Stakes, is back on the Triple Crown trail once again, treating a Read More

Owner Reflects on Big Brown's Injury, Career

One minute, Mike Iavarone was all smiles after watching Big Brown work a sharp six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 over the Aqueduct turf course in company with stablemate Kip Deville on Oct. 13, and the next he was Read More

Suspensory Injury Brings Retirement of Evening Attire

The old warrior Evening Attire, a stakes-winning Thoroughbred racehorse at age 10 and earner of nearly $3 million, has been retired due to a suspensory injury, co-owners and breeders Tommy Kelly and Joseph and Mary Grant announced Sept. 28. Read More

Big Brown to Retire at End of 3-Year-Old Season

Michael Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, clarified a story published in yesterday's Washington Post that was picked up by other publications that stated Big Brown may race as a 4-year-old. Iavarone said that although IEAH has the righ Read More

Racehorse Lava Man to Reside at Old Friends

A jubilant Michael Blowen announced Thursday that Lava Man, one of the greatest racing geldings of all time, is scheduled to arrive at Old Friends on Sept. 16, where he will live ou Read More

Photo Series Shows Big Brown's Belmont Shoe Trouble

Each day brings new entries in the "Brown Shoe Diaries." The latest photos from the Belmont Stakes reveal Big Brown was stepped on by Guadalcanal leaving the gate, and that the shoe did not re-set itself during the race as previously thought; th Read More

Big Brown's Owners Adopt No-Drug Policy

International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) Stables--the partnership that races Big Brown--has taken the first bold step in securing a no-drug policy in racing by announcing Monday that all its horses starting Oct. 1 will race without any Read More

Stone Bruised Casino Drive to Return for BC Classic

Casino Drive's quest to become the third straight Belmont Stakes winner produced by his dam Better Than Honour failed when the colt suffered a stone bruise two days before the race and was scratched the morning of the race. But this isn't the Read More

Big Brown to Work Tuesday Without Hoof Patch

Trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday afternoon that Big Brown will not be fitted with a patch on Monday as originally scheduled and will work on Tuesday without one.

"I'm going to breeze him just the way he is and give him more time to let Ian Read More

Big Brown's Hoof Shows Improvement

Ian McKinlay, the farrier who has been treating Big Brown's quarter crack, said Monday morning the colt's left front foot has shown improvement and he and trainer Rick Dutrow remain confident the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will not be Read More

Big Brown Has 'Slight' Quarter Crack

Big Brown, who will be seeking the coveted Triple Crown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a "slight" quarter crack on the inside of his left front foot, trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday, May 25. The colt did not go to the track Saturday o Read More

Steve Haskin: Remembering John Henry

It was a shock to hear John Henry had died, even though he had been in ill health and was 32 years old. Some things, like the mighty Redwoods, seem eternal, and John always was eternal in my mind. Or perhaps that feeling was more rooted in my Read More

Race Injury Sidelines Belmont-Winning Filly Until 2008

Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Sept. 16 that Rags to Riches suffered a hairline fracture to her right front pastern during Saturday's Gazelle Stakes, but that the injury is not career-ending.

"She is expected to make a full recovery," Read More

NYRA Planning "Funny Cide Day" at Saratoga

The New York Racing Association, after speaking with Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton and trainer Barclay Tagg, is moving ahead with plans to hold a "Funny Cide Day" at Saratoga Aug. 10, at which the recently retired Kentucky Derb Read More

Derby, Preakness Winner Funny Cide to Retire at 7

Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and one of the most popular horses in recent years, has been retired, trainer Barclay Tagg said July 13.

Tagg stated that Funny Cide retires perfectly sound. Read More

Invasor a Horse to Remember

Invasor, Shadwell Stable's reigning Horse of the Year, suffered a career-ending injury to his right hind ankle and has been retired from racing. For more information see Read More