Race of the Week 2017

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Posted Saturday, November 04, 2017
In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Roy H made it a memorable day at Del Mar for trainer Peter Miller winning the 6-furlong affair over Imperial Hint by one-length to give his trainer two Breeders’ Cup wins on the afternoon.
Posted Friday, October 20, 2017
The two-day Breeders' Cup championship event at Del-Mar features 13 Grade 1 races. Six of those contests will be held on the grass, including the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf, for three-year olds and up. Depending on the turf course configuration at the Breeders' Cup host track, the race is run at either 1 1/4 miles or 1 3/8 miles. Due to the layout of the Del Mar turf course, this year's edition will be conducted at a distance of 1 1/8-miles.
Posted Monday, October 09, 2017
For the thirteenth time in its thirty-four year history, the Breeders' Cup comes to Southern California. However, 2017 marks the first time the Championship event will be held at a racing venue in the Golden State other than previous host sites, Santa Anita Park or the now defunct Hollywood Park. In just a few weeks, all attention will be focused on "Where the Turf Meets the Surf", otherwise known as Del Mar Race Course.
Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017
This Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the incredible Travers run by Damascus.
Posted Friday, July 21, 2017
All eyes of the Canadian thoroughbred racing world shift 90 miles south from the hustle and bustle of big city life in Toronto, Ontario, to the quietness of the small town of Fort Erie.
Posted Saturday, June 10, 2017
Abel Tasman squeezed through a tight opening on the rail to win the Acorn at Belmont Park.
Posted Monday, June 05, 2017
I'm no pedigree expert by any stretch of the imagination, but what's strongly apparent to me year after year in the Belmont Stakes is, the horses that have the stamina influence in their bloodlines are the ones that excel at this distance.
Posted Monday, May 29, 2017
The probabilities are very high, like nine times out of ten, when a person attends the horse races for the first time, that individual grows an instantaneous love for the sport. However, there is always that one-time the statistic fails, and surprisingly it applied to up and coming apprentice jockey, Cristina Bonilla. Still basking in the glow of her first win as a professional jockey less than three weeks ago at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, Bonilla shares, not only that memorable and unforgettable experience, but the 30-year old also relates her whirlwind of a journey from loathing the sport the first time she laid eyes on it, to achieving one of her goals of becoming a rider and competing daily in the sport of throughbred racing.
Posted Saturday, May 06, 2017
Following a day of heavy deluges on Kentucky Oaks Friday, and a bit more rain early Saturday morning on Derby Day, there proved to be a silver lining in those rain clouds. Paulassilverlining, a 5-yr old mare took the 31st running of the 7-furlong G1 Humana Distaff, to kick-off the stakes undercard at Churchill Downs.
Posted Sunday, April 23, 2017
When the 'Run for the Roses' is held this year on May 6th, it will mark, to the exact date, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Kentucky Derby.
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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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