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  • Illuminant stalks and pounces to win the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Cyrus Alexander puts away Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Handicap.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Tapitation rolls late to score in the Kingston Stakes.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Bust Another runs away with Belmont's Mike Lee at odds of 19-1.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Weekend Hideaway rolls home an easy winner of the Commentator Stakes.Posted 20 hours ago
  • There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 2 days ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 2 days ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 2 days ago

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Trackside with Trackman
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.
Posted Sunday, July 26, 2015
Queen's Plate winner Shaman's Ghost has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite in a field of seven for Tuesday night's $500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie Race Track.
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.
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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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