Steve Haskin Posting Archive

Bid, Book, and Beyond

September 12th, 2022

It was 43 years ago on September 8 that Spectacular Bid won the Marlboro Cup in his first start against older horses. If you thought you knew the complete story of Bid and those who guided him through his Hall of Fame career you were mistaken. Jack Gilden’s new book “The Fast Ride” provides both the memorable and sordid details in revealing the untold story of one of the all-time great Thoroughbreds. Bid’s true greatness also is detailed here by yours truly through stats and recollections…

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How High is High For Flightline

September 6th, 2022

People have been buzzing about Flightline’s other-worldly performance in the Pacific Classic, as they have about all his previous races. Now it is time to see just who Flightline is and where he came from…

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A Midsummer Derby’s Dream

August 29th, 2022

The story of this year’s Travers Stakes goes back nearly three-quarters of a century to a converted Saddlebred farm in rural Western Kentucky that is now a close-knit family run operation…

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Vet Alan Dorton and Lindsy Reed Add to Rich Strike Fairy Tale

August 22nd, 2022

There are so many human interest stories and little known incidents that make up the incredible tale of Rich Strike. I have told several of them, but this one adds new depth to the story. Whether the colt wins Saturday’s Travers or not, what has been can never be erased from even the most unlikely yet cherished chapters of the Kentucky Derby…

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Linda’s Chief Helped Give Birth to a Legend

August 14th, 2022

In an era of great horses, not many are that familiar with Linda’s Chief, but he was a big name in his time and on the 50th anniversary of his clash with an up and coming young horse named Secretariat in the 1972 Sanford Stakes it is the perfect time to tell his story…

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Great: Racing’s Most Abused Word

August 9th, 2022

This column is about one simple word that in the world of horse racing isn’t that simple, but is used way too often. This is my take on it, which may wind up making it even more complicated than it already is. But it is something we’ll open for conversation and debate…

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Succumbing to the Lure of Saratoga Once Again

August 1st, 2022

Call this part potpourri of Saratoga, part invitation, part travelogue, and part history. Whether you have been there many times, just a few times, or never, it is hoped this will get you in the mood. Remember, come July and August all roads lead to the Spa…

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Memories of Inky Rekindled by Port and Fort

July 25th, 2022

When Tawny Port runs in Saturday’s Jim Dandy Stakes, in which he will attempt to put his name among the leading 3-year-olds, I will be thinking of a very special horse who once carried those same silks of John Fort in the Kentucky Derby more than 20 years ago, just as Tawny Port did this year…

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The Race of the Century Will Never Happen

July 18th, 2022

We all know that America’s two biggest hopes for Horse of the Year are on a collision course for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, in what could be one of the most memorable events in years. But is that the race for which both are best suited? Right now I believe the answer is no, and shuts out two other horses who would have made for a true “race of the century”…

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Suburban Rekindles Memories of Race’s History and Influence

July 11th, 2022

The rich Belmont Derby and Oaks may have overshadowed the Suburban Stakes run earlier on the card, but this year’s renewal and its first three finishers provided a look back at the names that once made this one of the sport’s most important races…


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