• Family Tree game down the lane in winning the Iowa Oaks.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 5 days ago
  • Melatonin powers home a strong winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 6 days ago
  • Lord Nelson lunges late to nip Subtle Indian in the Triple Bend.Posted 6 days ago
  • By the Moon proves best in the Grade 3 Bed O' Roses at Belmont Park.Posted 6 days ago
  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 6 days ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 6 days ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 6 days ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 6 days ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 7 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
A New York State of Racing
Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A preview of the 2016 Saratoga graded stakes races, organized with divisional honors in mind.
Posted Saturday, June 25, 2016
With a perfect trip, Mo Tom was the easy winner of the $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown.
Posted Friday, June 24, 2016
Far From Over, the winner of the 2015 Withers (G3), made a victorious return to the races after 16 months.
Posted Saturday, June 18, 2016
Six-year-old Bradester led the Stephen Foster every step of the way to win his first Grade 1 race.
Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016
With the Triple Crown complete, Matt Shifman ranks the 2016 three-year-olds at the mid-point of the season.
Posted Saturday, June 11, 2016
With a skillful ride by Irad Ortiz Jr., Creator was able to win the Belmont Stakes by a nose over Destin in the final stride of the race.
Posted Friday, June 10, 2016
Matt Shifman gives his picks for the Pick 5, which begins the great card on Belmont Stakes Day.
Posted Monday, June 06, 2016
Brian Zipse and Matt Shifman debate the Acorn Stakes in Point/Counterpoint style.
Posted Saturday, June 04, 2016
Camelot Kitten came from off the pace to win the $200,000 Pennine Ridge (G3), which was run on the Belmont Park turf as a prep race for the July 9th $1,250,000 Belmont Derby (G1).
Posted Friday, June 03, 2016
Favorites have not fared well in the Belmont Stakes, so the exacta is a wager worth considering.
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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.

• Preakness Interview with Trainer Todd Pletcher

• 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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