Race of the Week 2017

HRN Original Blog:
A New York State of Racing
Posted Thursday, December 07, 2017
A look at the top Kentucky Derby contenders on New York's patch to Churchill Downs.
Posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Analyzing Saturday's Grade 1 Los Alamitos feature on the Kentucky Derby trail.
Posted Sunday, December 03, 2017
Those coming back from the championships dominated Aqueduct's Cigar Mile card.
Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Matt Shifman takes a look at the field for Saturday's Grade 1 race at Aqueduct.
Posted Friday, November 24, 2017
See a full-field rundown and suggested play for Sunday's Grade 1 feature at Del Mar.
Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Take a horse-by-horse look at Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Derby field at Del Mar.
Posted Monday, November 20, 2017
Matt Shifman doles out strategies with the first round of Derby betting opening Thursday.
Posted Friday, November 17, 2017
The trainer's next stable stars could be Marconi and Montauk.
Posted Monday, November 13, 2017
History says the 2018 Kentucky Derby winner will debut this year.
Posted Saturday, November 11, 2017
Edgar Prado guided Spring Quality to his first graded stakes win in the Red Smith at Aqueduct.
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Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.


Matt’s articles and tweets frequently appear in the America’s Best Racing weekly Notebook. In 2012 he became a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.


The best way to get to know Matt is to check out some of his favorite articles from the past couple years.

• Preakness Interview with Trainer Todd Pletcher

• Kentucky Derby 2016 Handicapping Tips from A to Z


• Edison: the Travels of a Million Dollar Colt 

• A Kentucky Derby Field with Just 14 Horses

• What is the Best Kentucky Derby Running Style?



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