Steve Haskin Posting Archive

Derby Rankings: Week 13

April 11th, 2022

Well, all the preps are over with the exception of the Lexington Stakes and we’re now in the homestretch. We lost two, possibly three top-class horses this past weekend, but all in all the form held up very well and we now have a solid base of contenders. I know a Top 17 is an odd count, but that’s all I have to rank…

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Derby Rankings: Week 12

April 4th, 2022

With only one more weekend of preps left we’re stretching the Rankings out to 20 this week. Everything could look very different next week with the No. 2, 3, 4, and 5 horses running on Saturday. After that it’s up to everyone to makes some sense of it all. We’re either going to have a strong Top 6 or 7 or the confusion will continue and it will be one big crap shoot…

Steve Haskin Posting Archive

Derby Rankings: Week 11

March 28th, 2022

After 10 weeks we finally have a new No. 1, but that could change in the next couple of weeks when the final preps will be run, with a number of top horses needing first or second-place points to even get in the Derby…

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Derby Rankings: Week 10

March 21st, 2022

It’s the proverbial lull before the storm, as all camps sit back this week and get ready for the big 100-point races that should clear up the Derby picture once and for all and separate the contenders from the pretenders. During this lull we will focus our attention on pedigrees and see which horses will thrive going a mile and a quarter with a majority of those mentioned below carrying the bloodline of this website’s illustrious namesake…

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Derby Rankings: Week 9

March 14th, 2022

Some new developments this week, highlighted by the big decision regarding the filly Secret Oath. And we have returned to a Sweet Sixteen…sort of, as we try to clear up this still muddled picture…

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Derby Rankings: Week 8

March 7th, 2022

We’ve cut the Rankings down to a bonus baker’s dozen this week for reasons you will read in Knocking of the Door, and it was extremely difficult to separate the top five horses, making this one of the biggest crap shoots we’ve seen in years with still more questions than answers…

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Derby Rankings: Week 7

March 1st, 2022

Lots of changes this week, including a new and exciting name, and because of the three major stakes on Saturday we have extended the Rankings to a Top 20 to include some new faces who could emerge and make their presence felt on the Derby trail…

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Derby Rankings: Week 6

February 22nd, 2022

The Risen Star Stakes was supposed to clear up the muddled Derby picture, but no one has a clue if it did or not, as the No. 1 and 2 ranked horses stayed right where they were despite both getting beat by a tough loose on the lead lead and having less than ideal trips. And so we move on…

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Derby Rankings: Week 5

February 14th, 2022

Until we get past Saturday’s tantalizing Risen Star Stakes, confusion still reigns over the Derby trail. It is saying a lot about the early state of this year’s trail that the most informative race happened last year. But sit tight for another week. That’s when the fireworks begin…

Steve Haskin Posting Archive

Derby Rankings: Week 4

February 7th, 2022

The Saturday stakes brought new faces into the mix and disappointment to a few others. In any other year the Bob Baffert horses might have been No. 1 and 2, but this is not any other year, and with the 50-point races getting closer we should be hearing something soon…


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