• Long shot Stormy Lucy (65-1) upsets the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in the last stride. Posted 5 hours ago
  • Dortmund romps home a winner in the Native Diver.Posted 1 day ago
  • Commissioner much the best in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Chiropractor edges March for a Hollywood Derby win at 14-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • Airoforce takes to the dirt in a big way, pulling away to win the Kentucky Jockey Club.Posted 1 day ago
  • Carina Mia turns back Stageplay in the Golden Rod.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tonalist with a late rush to just get up in the Cigar Mile!Posted 1 day ago
  • Forever Unbridled outduels Carrumba to the wire in the Comely.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mohaymen an impressive winner of Aqueduct's nine furlong Remsen.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lewis Bay runs to her odds in the Demoiselle.Posted 1 day ago
HRN Original Blog:
Racing At The Jersey Shore
Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2015
What will history say about American Pharoah when his racing career is over in 10 weeks?
Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015
If you are hoping to maximize your chances to see American Pharoah during his visit to New Jersey for the Haskell Invitational, here is the Triple Crown winner’s schedule for that week.
Posted Monday, July 20, 2015
The Haskell is a race that has been kind to heavy favorites with plenty of easy victories, some of them by very big margins.
Posted Monday, July 06, 2015
Plans for the ‘Pharoah Phan Phest’ are underway for American Pharoah’s visit to Monmouth Park and the Haskell Invitational.
Posted Sunday, July 05, 2015
Big Blue Kitten won the United Nations (G1) for the second time by upsetting Champion Main Sequence.
Posted Saturday, July 04, 2015
Brian Zipse and Matt Shifman analyze and handicap Sunday’s United Nations (G1).
Posted Thursday, July 02, 2015
It's official -- American Pharoah will make his next start in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park!
Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014
Bayern, in just his seventh start, won the Haskell (G1) by 7¼ lengths, giving trainer Bob Baffert victory number seven in the Jersey Shore Invitational.
Posted Friday, July 25, 2014
The 2014 Haskell Invitational shapes up as a classic handicapping conundrum: is it a race for the horses that run on the front end or does it favor the stalkers, pace pressers, and closers?
Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Steve Asmussen's filly Untapable and Bob Baffert's Bayern headline a probable field of eight for the 2014 Haskell Invitational.
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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.


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