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What Does It Take to Win the Kentucky Derby?

Lexington, KY -- March 13, 2001 -- Eclipse Press announces the publication of Horse Racing’s Holy Grail: The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby.

Why have three trainers dominated the Kentucky Derby for the last decade?

Why does the best horse sometimes lose?

Why has no champion two-year-old since 1979 won the Derby?

Award-winning author Steve Haskin tackles these questions and more in Horse Racing’s Holy Grail : The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby. Haskin takes you into the trenches and behind the scenes of the world’s most famous horse race. He examines what kind of horse it takes to win the Derby; how to conquer Churchill Downs; why it’s more difficult now to win the Derby than in past years; and much more. He ventures into the core of the Derby itself, pulling out personal experiences, interactions with trainers, historical trends, and anecdotes along the way.

During his nearly three decades at Daily Racing Form, Steve Haskin made a name with his “Derby Watch” columns. He joined The Blood-Horse magazine in 1998, and as senior correspondent provides coverage of the Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup. He has won three Red Smith Awards for his Kentucky Derby coverage.

Haskin has written three other books for Eclipse Press, including Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby, co-authored with Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert. He also is editor of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup souvenir magazines. Haskin lives in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.

Published by Eclipse Press, April 2002.
ISBN: 1-58150-076-9
Photos: 73 b&
Pages: 224; Bound Size: 6 x 9
Retail price: $24.95 Hardcover

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Eclipse Press is a division of The Blood-Horse, Inc., publishers of The Blood-Horse; The Horse; TBH MarketWatch; Keeneland magazine; Equine Images; the official Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup souvenir magazines; and an array of books, videos, CD-ROMs, and annual references. The Blood-Horse, Inc. also operates The Blood-Horse Interactive on the web (, The Horse Interactive (, Eclipse Press (, Thoroughbred Legends (, Keeneland Magazine (, The HayNet (, and Exclusively Equine (

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Michele Terry

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