Steve Haskin is Senior Contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine, sister publication to The Horse.
Articles by Steve Haskin
June 12, 2007
Call it fate. Call it kismet. Whatever title you prefer, Rags to Riches seemed destined to give trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their first classic winner.
Although "Johnny V" has been Pletcher's first-call rider for years, it Read More
June 08, 2007
It's been a wild and crazy Triple Crown (no tip intended) with lots of twist and curves, and it all comes to a rousing conclusion in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Will Curlin finally regress, and if so, how much? How special is Rags to Riches? Will Read More
June 06, 2007
When all is said and done, the 139th Belmont Stakes has turned out to be one heck of a race after all, Street Sense or no Street Sense. We have seven legitimate horses, with none of the usual no-hopers that seem to pop out of the woodwork for the Read More
June 04, 2007
They're not pouring out of the woodwork, but they're coming--slowly but surely. Normally, if the winner of the Kentucky Derby defects from the Belmont Stakes, it's going to bring a deluge of newcomers looking to take a shot at the final leg of the Read More
June 01, 2007
With the racing world still rocking from the bombshell dropped by Carl Nafzger Thursday morning, all thoughts immediately turned to the two big horses who will remain on their Triple Crown journey and the two trainers who elected to see it through Read More
May 26, 2007
Paul Reddam's Great Hunter, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby will miss the June 9 Belmont Stakes after suffering a chipped ankle in his right front leg, trainer Doug O'Neill said Saturday.
"He'll be out of commission for a few months," Read More
May 22, 2007
(This article appears in the May 27, 2007 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.)
Thoroughbred racing is a sport of contrasting emotions, ranging from euphoria to despair and laced with a heavy dose of what might have beens. It often Read More
May 13, 2007
Larry Jones, who is still having visions of Street Sense getting shut off somewhere--anywhere--in the Kentucky Derby is just about ready to drop what might have been and focus all his attention on what will be.
After all, Street Sense, whose Read More
April 16, 2007
Florida Derby runner-up Notional suffered non-displaced condylar fracture of his left front ankle Saturday morning at Keeneland and will not run in the Kentucky Derby, owner J. Paul Reddam said.
Reddam said the son of In Excess came off Read More
April 09, 2007
Round Pond, winner of the 2006 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff, has been retired after suffering a slab fracture of her left knee during the running of the April 7 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.
The 5-year-old daughter of Read More
February 05, 2007
Fairy tales are not supposed to have unhappy endings. Barbaro was to leave New Bolton Medical Center, walking soundly with his head held high, and live happily ever after. But Thoroughbreds, despite the fairy tales they inspire, live in a Read More
January 29, 2007
On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than Read More
December 25, 2006
It's been a Barbaro Christmas at the New Bolton Medical Center. America's favorite horse, who this year was given the greatest gift of all, has been inundated with Christmas presents and cards from his ever-growing legion of fans and admirers Read More
December 14, 2006
While Barbaro was spending his 207th day in his stall in the intensive care unit of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Medical Center on Dec. 13, his replica was being exhibite Read More
July 18, 2006
Belmont Stakes winner Jazil has been sent to owner Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington for 30 days to recuperate from a bruised cannon bone on his right hind leg, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Tuesday.
McLaughlin said the son o Read More
May 30, 2006
The tears for Barbaro have all been shed, and now people around the world anxiously await each daily report on the colt's condition. It's been more than a week since Barbaro's horrific injury in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which set off an Read More
May 23, 2006
The day before Preakness Stakes (gr. I) 131, Barbaro arrived at Pimlico by van to a hero's welcome, as a gauntlet of photographers, cameramen, and writers greeted racing's newest superstar. Barbaro stared out the van window at the large throng Read More
May 18, 2006
Barbaro, installed as the even-money morning-line favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), galloped strongly and "blew out" a quarter of a mile in an unofficial :24 1/5 Thursday at Fair Hill Training Center in his final prep for the Read More
December 07, 2005
Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, winner of this year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), has been retired. Trainer Tim Ritchey announced Thursday the son of Northern Afleet has been retired due to a recently detected injury believed t Read More
October 17, 2005
Trainer Tim Ritchey and veterinarian Patricia Hogan, DVM, have said Afleet Alex's injured leg is still in the healing process and he will not be ready for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
In a joint statement Read More
August 23, 2005
Trainer Tim Ritchey said Tuesday that Preakness and Belmont (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex's fracture is healing nicely, but with an extra week of walking prescribed, there is a question whether the colt can make the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Read More
August 10, 2005
As Afleet Alex walked the shedrow for the second of three times Tuesday morning (Aug. 9), his ears were up and he was looking for peppermints from trainer Tim Ritchey. It was obvious the colt was happy being out of his stall and walking Read More
July 29, 2005
Cash Is King's Afleet Alex, dramatic winner of the Preakness and runaway winner of the Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), underwent surgery yesterday at the New Jersey Equine Clinic after suffering a condylar fracture. The 3-year-old son of Northern Read More
June 14, 2005
Frank Stronach's Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has been retired after the detection of a small hairline fracture of the left front sesamoid. He will stand at Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Versailles, Read More
May 23, 2005
Nick Zito's run of bad luck in this year's Triple Crown continued Monday when it was discovered My Meadowview Farm's Noble Causeway had entrapped his epiglottis in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will undergo a myectomy to correct the Read More