• Chad Brown earns career victory #1,000 as Mr. Maybe scores in the John's Call.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Rachel's Temper (3-1) gets the job done in the Summer Colony.Posted 2 days ago
  • Midnight Storm (3-10) holds off Om to win the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile.Posted 3 days ago
  • Camp Creek (26-1) comes from well back to pull the upset in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 3 days ago
  • Time and Motion (8-5) powers by Catch a Glimpse late in the Lake Placid.Posted 3 days ago
  • California Chrome rolls to victory over Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic.Posted 4 days ago
  • Ashleyluvssugar (5-2)  just holds off Metaboss in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 4 days ago
  • Harmonize (7-2) gets there in a blanket finish in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gallops to ten in a row with an easy Grade 1 Alabama score.Posted 4 days ago
  • Tourist (5-2) proves best in the Grade 1 Fourstardave.Posted 4 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
A New York State of Racing
Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The unbeaten filly, Lady Eli makes her long-awaited return in the $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga.
Posted Sunday, August 21, 2016
Hall of Fame Jockey John Velazquez changed tactics and turned the tables on Catch a Glimpse in the Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga.
Posted Saturday, August 20, 2016
Songbird left little to doubt as she won the Alabama (G1) by seven lengths, the largest margin of victory in her career.
Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Saratoga 2016 is checking all the boxes as an elite American racetrack.
Posted Thursday, August 11, 2016
Since Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta never competed on the racetrack, it is fitting that they meet for the first time in the Hall of Fame.
Posted Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Fully recovered from laminitis, unbeaten turf star Lady Eli is nearing her return to the races in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga on August 27.
Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Jim Dandy will have a small but select field including three of the top four Belmont Stakes finishers along with a well-rested Mohaymen.
Posted Sunday, July 24, 2016
Songbird faced the greatest challenge of her unbeaten career and defeated Carina Mia easily to win the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).
Posted Saturday, July 23, 2016
Dacita survived a steward's inquiry to get another big win at Saratoga in the $500,000, Grade 1 Diana.
Posted Friday, July 22, 2016
Horse Racing Nation’s Matt Shifman was on the Saratoga backstretch to capture Songbird’s preparation for the Coaching Club American Oaks.
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Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.


Matt’s articles and tweets frequently appear in the America’s Best Racing weekly Notebook. In 2012 he became a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.


The best way to get to know Matt is to check out some of his favorite articles from the past couple years.

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• Kentucky Derby 2016 Handicapping Tips from A to Z


• Edison: the Travels of a Million Dollar Colt 

• A Kentucky Derby Field with Just 14 Horses

• What is the Best Kentucky Derby Running Style?



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