Steve Haskin Posting Archive

What Truly Defines Greatness

November 28th, 2022

With Flightline still a major source of conversation and speculation, I thought it was a good time to talk about some other horses who did extraordinary things, but on a much wider scale. Not to take away from Flightline’s amazing feats, but just imagine if the horses listed below did today what they did back then…

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Horse Racing Movies for the Holidays

November 22nd, 2022

Rather than rank the best or my favorite racing movies, because of their diversity let’s just break them down in categories to cater to people’s tastes and what they are looking for, whether it’s movies about racing in general, a famous horse, or betting. You have gut-wrenching, heartwarming, comedic, and gritty films and it’s difficult lumping them together and ranking them. So, whatever your pleasure, here are the movies I recommend, although many are hard to find…

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A Terrific Trio of Finalists for 2022 Vox Populi Award

November 16th, 2022

Secretariat “Vox Populi Award” voters have three distinct paths to take in determining this year’s most popular horse and can make a compelling case for each one. The three finalists all have extraordinary stories, both on and off the track, and it is up to the voters to decide which one affected them the most…

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Seeing Pegasus in Person

November 6th, 2022

It was a longshot, but while in Kentucky a week before the Breeders’ Cup to visit breeding farms with friends we had a very slight chance of getting to see Flightline close-up, at least in the light. Read on to see if our quest proved to be a success…

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Book Your Flight to the Breeders’ Cup

November 3rd, 2022

It is time once again for horse racing’s version of Rubik’s Cube with bettors laying down their money with every twist. The Breeders’ Cup has proven to be the sport’s most enjoyable way to lose your money. It’s a strange feeling hitting a couple of longshots or exactas and still losing money over the two days. I’m not here to offer trifectas and superfectas, only some live horses and potential longshots and you can put them together to form an exotic bet if you wish. But no matter how you do, you still have Flightline to look forward to and then we’ll know just what kind of freak this really is…

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Exceller, Seattle Slew Gold Cup Battle Among the Greatest Ever

October 25th, 2022

I recently wrote about my favorite jaw-dropping performances, confining it to Eastern tracks. Now it’s time to start thinking about my most memorable stretch runs. This will be presented in three parts over the next couple of months. In this first column I have chosen one race to highlight, based on its dramatic content, quality of competition, and its historic impact on the sport. That race is the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup. In the second column I will rank my top 12 favorite races with comments about each race. Finally, I will have a column listing the balance of my top 25 stretch runs, all the while enjoying the picks of any additional favorite races submitted by the readers…

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A Triple Dose of “Curl” Power in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

October 17th, 2022

Although everyone will be anxiously awaiting the reappearance of Flightline in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and his showdown with Life is Good and the nation’s top 3-year-olds, the truly historic moment could come in the Distaff where the three likely favorites will be daughters of Curlin, whose fascinating back story will also be discussed in this week’s column…

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Life is Good, But Good Enough to Beat Flightline?

October 10th, 2022

Many people are wondering what Flightline’s margin of victory will be the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Very few are wondering who can beat him. But are most people underestimating Life is Good? That’s what we’re about to determine…

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Remembering Jaw-dropping Performances of the Past

October 3rd, 2022

Following Flightline’s remarkable victory in the Pacific Classic, Jay Hovdey wrote a column about the most memorable performances he had seen in California that pretty much blew him away and left a lasting impression on him. That inspired me to do the same from an Eastern point of view. So here are the moments over the past 55 years that left me awestruck…

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Taiba’s Climb to Stardom Has Begun

September 26th, 2022

With his stunning victory over a top-class field in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby, it looks as if the much heralded Taiba finally is ready to launch his career to the highest of heights with a solid enough foundation under him…


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