Steve Haskin

Record-Setting Win Win Win Fires Bullet Toward Tampa Bay Derby

Opinions about 3-year-old Thoroughbreds run rampant this time of year. But a lot of racing fans took notice when long-time observer Steve Haskin moved Win Win Win into the top half of his “Derby Dozen” rankings following the colt’s record-shattering victory in the 7-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa on Jan. 19. This week, Haskin raised […]

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Chicken Houses And Horse Rescue: A Complicated Tale

Several days after New Year’s, New Jersey resident Dina Alborano posted a video on social media of a crowd of horses jogging down a livestock chute somewhere in Louisiana, imploring her followers on Twitter to donate money to prevent the horses from shipping to a slaughterhouse in Mexico. The cost to purchase 11 horses and […]

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Vox Populi Award ‘Born Of The Heart And Not The Statistical Sheet’

“If racing is going to capture the imagination of the public in years to come, it will (be) because of the horses that touch the heart,” writes Steve Haskin in his blog at bloodhorse.com. Penny Chenery created the Vox Populi Award in 2010 to acknowledge a horse whose “popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the […]

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Haskin: Remember ‘The Real Arrogate,’ Not His Runs At Del Mar

Hall of Fame turfwriter Steve Haskin addressed the “bewildering” dichotomy of the big gray Arrogate in his blog at bloodhorse.com this week, coming to the conclusion that the Bob Baffert-trained colt’s four-race run of breathtaking performances should be his legacy, rather than his terrible downfall in the latter half of 2017. “We saw two distinctly different […]

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Desormeaux Fights Alcoholism: ‘I Will Put My Body In Motion And Stay Busy’

Kent Desormeaux is a Hall of Fame rider who has seen a lot of success on the racetrack, most recently in winning the 2016 Preakness Stakes aboard his brother’s Keith’s horse, Exaggerator. The younger Desormeaux announced yesterday, via his agent, that it was time for him to take up the battle against alcoholism, and that […]

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Haskin: Stradivari ‘Intriguing Unknown Factor’ For Preakness

Stradivari first impressed the racing world with a 11 1/4-length score over maidens at Gulfstream Park, catching the attention of the Coolmore partners, who purchased an interest in the colt. Then, at Keeneland, the 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro stunned the crowd, winning an allowance race by 14 1/2 lengths. What he may lack in […]

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Haskin, Burroughs Elected To Joe Hirsch Media Roll Of Honor

Esteemed turf writers Steve Haskin and the late Raleigh Burroughs have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Haskin served as senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse from 1998 through 2015. He stepped down from that post earlier this year, but still works for the publication on a limited […]

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Paulick Report Writers Earn Half of Eight Stan Bergstein Award Nominations

Following the annual deadline for eligible stories, Team Valor has turned eight nominations over to a panel of judges to select a winner of the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award for 2015. Any story about horse racing in North America was eligible if it was published in print or online between November 2, 2014 and […]

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Knowledge And Passion Have Been A Winning Combination For Haskin

Steve Haskin resigned from his position as senior correspondent at Blood-Horse on Monday, ending a popular and productive 17-year run as the magazine and website’s lead writer on Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The resignation was effective immediately. Bloodhorse.com reported Haskin was leaving to “pursue select freelance opportunities, public relations work, and consulting.” […]

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Haskin: Adding Paynter, Shackleford to Vox Populi candidates was the right call

According to Blood-Horse columnist Steve Haskin, the opening of votes and addition of Shackleford and Paynter to the list of Vox Pouli nominations was fitting given the award’s intent as a voice of racing fans. Penny Chenery, who established the awards, had never intended them as purely a reflection of merit, but instead of competitors’ […]

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