What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

California Chrome, Wicked Strong & more get their own bourbon cocktail in time for Derby!Read More
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • amino998 · California Chrome Cocktail -- straight off the shelf of a Colorado apothecary with a Lemon liquer back. · 3 hours ago ·
  • shackleford · Wicked Strong... best horse, best cocktail. · 20 seconds ago ·
Johnnie Carrier is determined not to jinx California ChromeRead More
  • Show All 9 Comments
  • amdaman · I think there'll be a lot of talk about California Chrome after the KD. Mostly about excuses as to why he didn't even hit the board. · 18 minutes ago ·
  • amino998 · You da man... · 9 minutes ago ·
Every time this Mr Dumb talks, he must make his ass jelelous of what comes out of his mouth. Norris is looking at another big effort in the Woodstock Stake.
Q of the D : in honor of Ruffian's birthday today, who do you consider to be the best filly of all time aside from her and Zenyatta?
  • Show All 26 Comments
  • tmallios1 · Personal Ensign,Winning Colors and Rachel Alexandra >> at their best. Zennyata would never make the top 3. She won races,but never ran fast. · 28 minutes ago ·
  • amino998 · 2 turns in 1:46 and change... a bunch of 1:40+ 1 1/16ths. · 12 minutes ago ·
Can some on tell me if this horse is running in the oaks? is it good enough to get in? was going to be one of my yearly novelty bets on the american classic races. thanks
Rosie you are my hero!!!i am a 13yo girl and I'm going to be a jockey!
On April 17th he worked 5F over in 1:03.40 over Fast Dirt at Payson Park finishing 5/6.
He is one of my favourites horses to win the Kentucky Derby. He is a beautiful and fast horse.
It’s no wonder that Game On Dude has been installed as the 4-5 favorite against six challengers in Saturday night’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic.Read More
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • Floridaf · Any other time I would really like Clubhouse Ride's chances, but I'm not sure about him off the extended layoff due to the unnecessary and unfortunate hoof issues. · 4 hours ago ·
  • https://www.facebook.com/john.karczewski.39 · I saw him that day at Monmouth too Andy. I was really excited because I heard so much about him. He was pretty washed out that day. He could add to an already interested pace scenario. Would love to see him peform well against the "big boys" · 1 hour ago ·
passed away this morning. fought a long battle.
Z13s name is Ziconic.
  • Show All 28 Comments
  • EP Taylor · Too funny Rich. · 1 hour ago ·
  • SSilence86 · EP actually there is a Hard Spun mare named Beer Run that ran at Hoosier. There is one out there named Beer Goggles by Milwaukee Brew.. LOL! · 1 hour ago ·
Question- What was everyone's favorite single performance by any horse from 2000-2010? There are no restrictions on location. I know a decade is broad, but somewhere in there is that one standout performance that stays in your mind.
  • Show All 6 Comments
  • tmallios · Visually there is no doubt in my mind. Monarchos winning the Derby. Seeing Choppy moving 4/5 wide on the turn and picking them up 1 by 1 .Then exploding to draw away from the field. He did it on the brightest Stage light . He not only ran impressive,he ran fast. He ran the 2nd fastest Derby. He was also very wide. · 3 hours ago ·
  • https://www.facebook.com/john.karczewski.39 · Barbaro's Kentucky Derby victory. Powehouse or should I say powerhorse performance · 1 hour ago ·
Vic- What can you tell me about that young Jock at woodbine. Tommy Wong?. He gets decent compliments coming off his Apprentice year. have you seen him ride? I never heard of him.
  • LAZMANNICK · EP if you look at his record last year he scored with quite a few longshots even though his win pct. was low. He's really good from coming well off the pace. I connected a few times with him and at really good odds too, betting those horses only b ecause he was riding them. · 2 hours ago ·
  • EP Taylor · I am going to read up more on this young man. Skye Chernetz is another young good rider coming up. I will keep an eye out for Tommy this year. · 1 hour ago ·
Forego hands down
  • ddmcgarry · forego was one of the best back when handicap s required the best to carry substantial weight what a great old gelding · 1 hour ago ·
On her progeny it's showing 10 which might be true.
  • Show All 17 Comments
  • travel_vic · In probability theory, a purely stochastic system is one whose state is non-deterministic (i.e., "random") so that the subsequent state of the system is determined ... · 1 day ago ·
  • amino998 · travel_vic · stats can be skewed easily. I reacall the old breeding stats in the BloohHORse before they set up the COMPARABLE index. Since the popular and "top" sires bred to the most exclusive and potentially the best mares. OF COURSE having two tickets on the sweepstakes imporved their shot. Once the comparable index was started we could see just how the SIRE half of the equation did without the boost from the blue hen mares. · 3 hours ago · · 1 hour ago ·
How hard is it for a jockey to win the Kentucky Derby? Read More
  • Show All 36 Comments
  • LAZMANNICK · Andy I thought I saw Calvin bend over and Mine That Bird turn his head up and whispered into Calvin's ear and tell him what they were going to do. I'ms sure I saw MTB say hold on Calvin, I'm going to give you the ride of your life. · 2 hours ago ·
  • buckpasser · I was rereading an old Turf and Sport Digest, August 1965 to be exact, and here are some famous trainers and jockeys answer to this question.sunny Jim Fitzsimmons said the horse is 90%. However much depends on the jockey and the race. Take Arcaro you could depend on him to be there for the entire race. Others not." Hadley Woodhouse said" if you don't have the horse you'll get nowhere." Allen Jerkens "felt some jockeys help a horse a little bit." Bill Boland felt the jockey was most important with a difficult or unruly horse. Hirsch Jacobs said" If I get the best horse, there are plenty of riders who can win on him." Buddy Jacobson said "only on rare occasions does a jockey contribute much." Shoemaker said that"some horses run better for certain jockeys." Woody Stephens said "jockeys can be important on certain horses. Take Bald Eagle. He had to be handled just so to do his best and only Manny Ycaza could do it. We put Hartsck on him and he got rank and wouldn't put out his best." I quoted Hirsch Jacobs previously but the full quote is "give me the horse. If I get the best horse, there are plenty of riders that can win on him. If I get a bad horse, it doesn't matter." Jacobs quote pretty much sums up their opinions on jockey importance. The article concludes that it was generally agreed by the trainers and riders interviewed that the jockey was only 20 percent of the team. ( Turf and Sport Digest August 1965 pp.18, 31-32) · 2 hours ago ·
Jose Sea View should win a romp!
anybody know where this filly is pointed to next?
I think he's a top distance horse and I want to see how he does.
Had his first winner today!



Connect With Matt (AndyScoggin)

Me On Facebook
Follow Me On Twitter
 Meet Matt Shifman 

Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011. 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.


A Kentucky Derby Field with Just 14 Horses

What is the Best Kentucky Derby Running Style?