• Cool Catomine (14-1) wins the Prince of Wales over Aurora Way and State of Honor.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Miss Ella (5-2) wins the Caress Stakes at Saratoga for the second straight year.Posted 1 day ago
  • Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 3 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 3 days ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 4 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

HRN Original Blog:
A New York State of Racing
Posted Sunday, July 23, 2017
Abel Tasman won her 3rd straight Grade 1 in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.
Posted Saturday, July 22, 2017
In the Diana at Saratoga, Lady Eli came up with yet another remarkable performance to find the winner’s circle.
Posted Friday, July 21, 2017
Here is Matt Shifman’s first ever photoblog from the Saratoga backstretch.
Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017
Abel Tasman heads a field of seven late-running fillies in Sunday’s $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.
Posted Friday, July 14, 2017
Any year at Saratoga you are likely to see future Champions, but 2006 stakes winners would become stars of the breeding industry.
Posted Saturday, July 08, 2017
Mind Your Biscuits reaffirmed his spot on top of the Sprint Division when he dominated the Belmont Sprint Championship.
Posted Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Two west coast stars have been joined by two newcomers from the east in the very talented Three-Year-Old Filly division.
Posted Monday, June 26, 2017
Enjoy this celebration of the achievements of trainer Todd Pletcher on his 50th birthday.
Posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017
What will it take for one of the top three-year-old males to win the division championship?
Posted Saturday, June 17, 2017
Gun Runner made it clear that only Arrogate stands above him in the Older Male Dirt division after he overwhelmed the field in the Stephen Foster (G1).
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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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