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  • Magic Mark upsets the Bertrando Stakes at 11-1 to kickoff the Los Alamitos meet.Posted 1 day ago
  • Salutos Amigos dominant in Monmouth Park's Mr. Prospector.Posted 5 days ago
  • Crucero upsets the San Juan Capistrano at odds of 23-1.Posted 5 days ago
  • La Verdad skips through the Belmont slop to a victory in the Dancin Renee.Posted 5 days ago
  • Treve too much for Flintshire and the rest in today's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.Posted 6 days ago
  • Golden Lad surges late to score in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker.Posted 6 days ago
  • Bent on Bourbon has his coming out party in the Iowa Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Departing slips through on the hedge to win the Firecracker.Posted 6 days ago
  • Sarah Sis just holds off Pangburn in the Iowa Oaks.Posted 6 days ago
  • Cosmic Evolution edges away to victory in the Debutante.Posted 6 days ago

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Posted Friday, July 03, 2015
The American Triple Crown season has been completed for a month, but the Canadian version is set to get underway on Sunday.
Posted Saturday, June 06, 2015
Wedding Toast goes wire to wire to get her fourth career win at Belmont Park in the Ogden Phipps (G1).
Posted Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Will it be Triple Crown glory or more Belmont Stakes heartbreak? The Trackman analyzes the field top to bottom.
Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The last time America witnessed a 3-year old sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes was 1978 when Affirmed achieved immortality. Adding it up, makes it 37 years of being on hold. The prolonged duration has me comparing racing fans to the citizens of the movie Casablanca, who also have been waiting and waiting and waiting.
Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The top three Kentucky Derby finishers respectively, American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, are set to contest round two in the Preakness.
Posted Monday, April 27, 2015
This Saturday, May 2nd, an American horseracing tradition continues. With the historic and fabled Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky serving as a picturesque stage for top 3-year old runners, all eyes will be fixated upon the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the U.S. Triple Crown. The one mile-and one quarter affair features a full field of twenty horses and offers a purse of $2 million, with $1,240,000 awarded to the winner. There is a quality cast of sophomores assembled and this very well may be one of the best crop of candidates we've seen in quite some time.
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.
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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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