Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014
The dictionary defines a nickname as a descriptive or colorful name that serves as a substitute for a real name, one that more readily defines the subject more than the proper name itself. Every year we hear the Kentucky Derby referred to as the "Run for the Roses", or "The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports", however, in past years America's most prestigious race has earned some unusual monikers that applied to certain running's.
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In a matter of just a few weeks how the Derby Trail has changed.
Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014
We've heard about it before in the past, but the question remains, how long will we continue to hear about it in the future? It almost ended two years ago. Then last year, many thought it definitely would come to a halt, but it didn't. Could 2014 finally be the year that it ceases to exist or will it continue to linger on for future generations to discuss. We'll find out the answer on the first Saturday in May.
Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014
It's now the time of year when 3-year-old racing in the Empire State gets down to serious business with Saturday's Gotham Stakes.
Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014
For the second consecutive year, a tiered point system will determine who qualifies for the "Run for the Roses". The 2014 Kentucky Derby Prep Season, a series of eighteen races that commenced back in September with the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, came to a conclusion on President's Day with the running of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Each race in the initial series had a scoring system of 10-4-2-1 points. Now it's time for stage two for the 3-year olds on the Road to Louisville. Sixteen races make up the next round known as the Championship Series. The action begins on Saturday with the Fountain Of Youth Stakes from Gulfstream Park and the Risen Star Stakes from the Fairgrounds, and extends until the March 23rd Sunland Derby. A total of eight races that offer up 50-20-10-5 to the top four finishers. Then the point totals get even higher, seven races, starting with the Florida Derby (Gulfstream) in late March and extending to the Bluegrass Stakes from Keeneland in mid-A
Posted Saturday, November 02, 2013
Much like in her last raid, Dank proved too much on American turf today, winning the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Strong European contingent tops the Filly & Mare Turf - meet the field!
Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Hi everyone, I am very honored, fortunate and excited to be part of the Horse Racing Nation team of bloggers that will be covering the Breeders' Cup races. My assignment from editor Brian Zipse, if I chose to accept it (and I did), is the Filly and Mare Turf. At this point, just a smidge over 5 weeks to go until the Breeders' Cup, the field is still a work in progress, and it's anyone's guess who will actually be in the $2 million Grade 1 event.
Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013
I was three-years old in September of 1961, and still two years away from my initial foray to Fort Erie Racetrack with my father. "Pops" as I often called him was a regular there, so it was a natural occurrence that he was present and an eyewitness to a most peculiar event that transpired on September 2nd. Through his often told, hilarious recollection of what unfolded back on that warm summer day, coupled with kind help from the Fort Erie media department, I've been able to combine both accurate sources in presenting this blog.
Posted Sunday, July 28, 2013
For the third straight year, the Queen's Plate winner will not participate in the Prince Of Wales Stakes. MIDNIGHT ARIA, who wired the field in winning the 154th edition of Canada's most prestigious race last month, will not be entered in the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown at Fort Erie on Tuesday, July 30th
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Hi, my name is Nick Costa a.k.a. Trackman. As for my "nickname" of Trackman, it came about the following way: When people, either friends or family would inquire as to where I was going, my reply was always the same, "I'm going to the track man." I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, about a 30 minute drive from the racetrack, in Fort Erie, Canada.  I was five years old the first time I attended the races. My father, who was a regular at the track, took me to Fort Erie. My first recollections were of just running up and down the stairs to and from our grandstand seats and the walking ring. Of course, after viewing the horses, I would run back up the stairs, and tell my father who to bet. He would look at me quizzically, and then proceed to place a $2 dollar wager on my selection for me. Through the years, with continuous trips to Fort Erie, and also to Woodbine and the now defunct Greenwood, my father would take the time to explain all the information in the Daily Racing Form. After I learned the basics of handicapping, I never met a racing Form I didn't like. If I had spent as much time on my studies as I did reading the Form, I probably could be sitting on the Supreme Court. Those early horse playing days have  lasted into my adulthood, as I still play the races today on a regular basis. But now I have added a couple of new dimensions. First, I officially became a licensed thoroughbred race horse owner back in 2000, fulfilling a dream come true. Fort Erie, where I mostly play the races and race my horses, is still my favorite track. It's my home track, where I fell in love with everything about the sport. In addition to the tracks mentioned that I visited with my father, I have graced the grounds of Churchill
Downs (Derby 134 and several Breeders' Cups), Saratoga, Mountaineer, Gulfstream Park, Sam Houston Race Track, Presque Isle, Monmouth Park and Belmont Park. Second, I started to write a few years ago when I started my own blog, called Triple Crown Chase.

The blog was established to provide some personal insight about the horses and trainers who compete against one another in the 3 yr old prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. I preview and review the preps races and extend coverage to include the Preakness and Belmont. Last year, my blog previewed the Canadian Triple Crown races for the first time. The second leg, The Prince Of Wales Stakes, is run at my home track of Fort Erie. I am honored and thrilled to be on board with Horse Racing Nation and I want to thank everyone for their support.