Steve Haskin Posting Archive

Riva Ridge Maiden Win was ‘Key” to Lasting Rivalry

June 22nd, 2021

Wednesday, June 23 marks the 50th anniversary of Riva Ridge’s maiden victory, which turned out to be the beginning of a Hall of Fame career as well of one of racing’s great rivalries…

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Triple Crown 2021 Proves its Quality

June 14th, 2021

With the Belmont Stakes still relatively fresh in people’s minds, here are my thoughts on the race, the Triple Crown, and especially Essential Quality. ~ Steve Haskin…

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The Tapit No one Knows

June 7th, 2021

Handicapping the Belmont Stakes has become a piece of cake. Just pick a son of Tapit, as we witnessed yet again with the victory by Essential Quality. Regarded by many as the most dominant sire America has seen in a number of years, Tapit has become one of the great success stories in the history of the bluegrass. But that is not the only story. His brief career as a racehorse is not known by many, but needs to be told to complete the saga of this very special horse…

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Let it be Known, Rock is Ready to Roll

June 2nd, 2021

This crop of 3-year-olds has been called inferior and slow, and many are saying the Belmont is a poor field. But when you get right down to it, how many Belmonts can you remember that have had the 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, the Preakness winner, the Blue Grass winner, the Santa Anita Derby winner, the Florida Derby winner, and the Wood Memorial winner? On the other hand, only one of the eight starters is coming off a victory and five of the eight were out of the money in their last start. For now let’s just try to pick a winner and save the reviews for later.

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Belmont Buddies and the Crowns They Denied (Part 1 & Part 2)

May 31st, 2021

This is the story of two horses, who both denied what would have been historic Triple Crown sweeps and were champions themselves. Not only did they share that common bond on the racetrack, they would form a lifelong friendship as stallions, with each sharing the title of oldest living Belmont Stakes winner…

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Belmont Buddies – Part 2

May 30th, 2021

The 1968 Triple Crown is history. Racing weathered the storm of the Dancer’s Image disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and the additional controversy that would have followed had Forward Pass won the Belmont Stakes and joined the ranks of the immortals. Fortunately, 4-year-old superstars Dr. Fager and Damascus stepped up in the summer to bring the sport back to a sense of normalcy. Now it is 1969 and all the major players from the previous year are gone, including our hero Stage Door Johnny. It is time for new faces to emerge on the scene and for new superstars to  …Read More

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Belmont Buddies and the Crowns They Denied – Part 1

May 29th, 2021

This is Part 1 of the story of two horses, who both denied what would have been historic Triple Crown sweeps and were champions themselves. Not only did they share that common bond on the racetrack, they would form a lifelong friendship as stallions, with each sharing the title of oldest living Belmont Stakes winner…

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The Race that Changed the Belmont Stakes

May 24th, 2021

The Road to the Belmont Stakes had been pretty straightforward for a number of decades until one trainer’s decision and his belief in his horse created a whole new strategy on how to get there. It is a strategy that has since proven successful on a number of occasions and will be utilized by several trainers this year…

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Of Rombauer, N.J.-breds, and Secretariat

May 17th, 2021

At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much of a back story behind Preakness winner Rombauer, but in actuality it is a story that is rich in history and now can finally be told thanks to the heroics of the son of Twirling Candy…

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Black-Eyed Preakness

May 12th, 2021

Before getting into handicapping and analysis let’s first look at the cheery side of this year’s Preakness. You have a chance to win some terrific prizes by entering the “Steve Cannon” Preakness Contest that is now UP AND READY. And it’s free of charge. So make sure you check it out and put in your entry. Even if you don’t hit the Grand Prize, which I have to say is pretty awesome, there are three additional prizes that would be Grand Prizes themselves in most contests, especially if you are a Secretariat fan. I am particularly drawn to the third prize, which I am sure Secretariat fans would fight to the death to obtain. Thirty lashes for all those who don’t enter and miss all the fun…


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