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  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 1 day ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 2 days ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bitumen (4-5) powers home to win the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago

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Posted Sunday, July 24, 2016
Queen's Plate upset winner, Sir Dudley Digges, will bid to add a second Canadian classic victory to his record in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack on Tuesday.
Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016
This year's Queen's Plate features a formidable female runner in, Gamble's Ghost, who will be extremely tough for the colts to deny.
Posted Saturday, June 11, 2016
Cavorting unleashed a winning rally to score an authoritative victory in the 1 1/16-mile G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes.
Posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016
The Trackman, Nick Costa, gives his full-field analysis of the Belmont Stakes.
Posted Sunday, June 05, 2016
Exaggerator will attempt to become the twelve thoroughbred racehorse in the modern day Triple Crown era to win both the Preakness and Belmont after dropping the Kentucky Derby.
Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Will the Preakness have any different result than a Nyquist-Exaggerator exacta once again?
Posted Monday, April 18, 2016
Although I was a young boy back in the year 1966, my long-term memory recalls my father complaining to the local car mechanic that $39.95 was too much money for a complete brake job for our Pontiac car. I also remember it was the year the sports world was introduced to plastic grass known as Astroturf, which was installed as the playing surface in the Astro Dome in Houston, Texas. The one-time sporting venue, which no longer exits, was once billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Month-by-month look at twenty-five of the Kentucky Derby prep races in 2016 with track, distance and point distribution.
Posted Friday, October 30, 2015
Lacking space much of the way, Liam's Map, with Javier Castellano aboard, finally found open running room and kicked into gear and rallied to wear down Lea by a margin of 2 1/2 lengths.
Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Liam's Map tops the 16 pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
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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.

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