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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 4 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 5 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 11 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 11 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 11 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 12 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 12 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 12 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 12 days ago

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Trackside with Trackman
Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015
Previous runnings of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd produced some great races and winners. Nick Costa provides the history of that Derby date.
Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Nearing the 45 year anniversary, Nick Costa sits down with Mike Manganello, the rider of 1970 Kentucky Derby winner, Dust Commander.
Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015
Join Nick Costa as he explores the name origin of all the Kentucky Derby preps.
Posted Monday, January 19, 2015
Since the beginning of the New Year some three short weeks ago, I have encountered on several occasions the same four numbers in the following sequence: 1-9-5-8. The numerical quartet were spotted on a license plate of a passing vehicle, written as an address atop a package I sent, total of a recent bill, last four digits of a phone number called and let me add this for good measure:
Posted Sunday, January 04, 2015
Hi everyone, Happy New Year!! Following my self-induced sabbatical, which commenced the day after the 2014 Breeders Cup and finished up on New Years Day, it's time to get back to the drawing board. Or in a blogger's case, the keyboard.
Posted Saturday, November 01, 2014
U.S. barnmates Dayatthespa and Stephanie's Kitten showed the world that European grass horses can be beaten at their own game, running one-two for trainer Chad Brown.
Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014
Last year, the top three positions in the Filly & Mare Turf were filled out by European runners, and this year's edition had a group of eight European-bred gals pre-entered
Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014
For the fourth consecutive year, the Queen's Plate winner will not pursue the Prince Of Wales Stakes.
Posted Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Canadian Triple Crown begins on Sunday with the historic Queen's Plate. Nick Costa previews the large field.
Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Meet Mike Dimoff: Fort Erie's Man In The Booth ...
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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.