Acclaimed Turf Writer Steve Haskin Joins Secretariat Team

Renowned Derby Rankings Columnist to be Exclusively Featured on


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2020) and veteran turf writer Steve Haskin announced today a partnership in which the website, founded by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, will exclusively host a column featuring Haskin’s highly regarded Kentucky Derby rankings and racing blog.

Known throughout the Thoroughbred industry for his heartfelt and insightful prose as well as his keen handicapping, Steve launched his turf writing career during the sport’s Golden Age and is now a racing historian who brings to life again races and champions otherwise lost to the ages. His experienced analysis and early identification of likely and possible horses with Derby aspirations has become a go-to source for racing fans and industry insiders alike. The first installment of the newly named Steve Haskin’s Derby Rankings on is expected to post on Aug. 14.

Additionally, Steve’s anticipated writing return on will introduce a blog called Askin’ Haskin, where he will draw from his wealth of racing memories and include discussions inspired by fan interest and requests. (The first installment of Askin’ Haskin, “Sweat’s Legacy Etched in Stone” is now available for viewing on the website.)

An award-winning journalist for the Daily Racing Form and The Blood-Horse, Steve has also authored six books about racing history and was inducted into the Hall of Fame’s Media Roll of Honor in 2016, joining celebrated turf writers Bill Nack, Joe Palmer, and Red Smith. Additionally, he is a member of the Secretariat Vox Populi Committee and a regular Secretariat Festival speaker and VIP tour guide.

“We are very excited to welcome Steve and his amazing talents to the family,” said Leonard Lusky, who oversees the official online source for the 1973 Triple Crown Champion. “His work fits right into Ms. Chenery’s original vision for the website of enhancing awareness of the sport by celebrating Thoroughbred racing’s past to help preserve its future. As an eyewitness to the famed equine heroes dating back to the ‘60s and ‘70s, and especially Secretariat’s career, Steve has generously shared his treasure trove of memories and photographic images with several generations of racing fans. This partnership is a natural extension of that relationship.”

Links for Haskin’s columns will be shared via’s social media feeds.


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