• Unique Bella is off the Kentucky Oaks trail with a sore shin, per Steve Anderson.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 2 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 3 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 3 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Trackside with Trackman
Posted Friday, March 24, 2017
A dozen 3-year-olds, all with their sights set on this year’s Kentucky Derby, have been entered in the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Derby, which carries an $800,000 purse.
Posted Monday, November 07, 2016
This Breeders' Cup offered a wonderful first-ever visit to Santa Anita for blogger, Nick Costa.
Posted Saturday, November 05, 2016
Finest City held off last year's winner to upset the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Run around one turn at seven furlongs for the fastest 3-year old and up females, the 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint has shaped up to be a wide open, highly competitive race.
Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is run at the very demanding distance of 7-furlongs, and will feature a purse of $1 million up for grabs.
Posted Saturday, August 20, 2016
A trio of $30,000 cup races involving the best thoroughbreds on the grounds at Fort Erie Race Track highlight the Tuesday program, with first race post time beginning at 4:15 pm. Horses competing in the Andy Passero and Bob Summers Memorial Cup races, the former for fillies/mares, the latter for colts/geldings, both held at 6 1/2 furlongs, and the Molson Cup, for fillies/mares going 1 1/16-miles on the turf, require horses to have raced twice at Fort Erie this year to be eligible to compete for the top prize.
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.
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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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