• Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 2 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 2 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 2 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
A New York State of Racing
Posted Monday, March 27, 2017
In the Dubai World Cup, Gun Runner reaffirmed his status as the second best dirt horse in the world.
Posted Saturday, March 25, 2017
Arrogate overcame a terrible start and rallied for last place to win the Dubai World Cup.
Posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Has the qualifying points system made it easy to predict the winner of the Kentucky Derby?
Posted Monday, March 20, 2017
Please join me on my long-awaited visit to the Old Friends Retirement Farm in Kentucky.
Posted Monday, March 13, 2017
The 11 finalists for the 2017 Racing Hall of Fame are going to make it very hard for the voters to pick this year’s inductees.
Posted Saturday, March 11, 2017
With a powerful and determined move, Shaman Ghost was able to run down Midnight Storm and win the Big ‘Cap.
Posted Tuesday, March 07, 2017
With three out of the four Aqueduct prep races complete, the list of New York contenders for the Kentucky Derby has certainly changed.
Posted Saturday, March 04, 2017
J Boys Echo got a perfect set-up and with his victory in the Gotham earned a spot in the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017
El Areeb will be a big favorite in the Gotham at Aqueduct, as he tries to win his third Kentucky Derby prep in a row.
Posted Saturday, February 25, 2017
Girvin became the first Kentucky Derby contender to grab a 50 point victory when he got a perfect trip to win the Risen Star.
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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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