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  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 5 days ago
  • El Kabeir breezed 5F in 1:00.18 (3/16) Sunday at BelmontPosted 5 days ago
  • Whiskey Ticket just holds off Conquest Curlinate in the Illinois Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Moreno wins the Charles Town Classic, as Shared Belief is eased.Posted 6 days ago
  • Dramedy just holds on to win Keeneland's Elkhorn at 30-1.Posted 6 days ago
  • It's all Hootenanny in his first race back since winning the BC Juvenile Turf.Posted 6 days ago
  • La Verdad best in the Grade 2 Distaff.Posted 6 days ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.00 (5/76) Saturday at Keeneland Posted 6 days ago

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Trackside with Trackman
Posted Sunday, April 12, 2015
Back in the 50's, Carl Perkins had a hit called "Blue Suede Shoes." The opening of the song started as such: "Well, it's One for the money, Two for the show, Three to get ready".....now if you will permit, or should I saw tolerate, allow me to add my own rhyming words...."And that's all you need to know".
Posted Sunday, March 29, 2015
As good as Mubtaahij, International Star, and Materiality were in their Kentucky Derby preps on Saturday, questions remain.
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.
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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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