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Off To The Races with Nick Costa
January 13, 2013 - Hi everyone, it's
time to get this column rolling once again. With 2013 underway, HAPPY
NEW YEAR! I certainly had a nice respite visiting with family (and friends)
over the Christmas Holiday season and I'm quite sure you enjoyed special
time with your loved ones as well. Now that January has begun, have
you kept your resolution intact or has it already been broken? If the
former is what your experiencing, good for you! Keep it going. But if
the latter has occurred, don't fret. You can always start over again
or choose another facet of your life that you want to improve. A firm
decision to do something doesn't have to commence on January 1st, it
can start anytime!! It's NEVER too late .
October 21, 2012 - Hi everyone, I'm
certainly not a politician, nor would I even want to act the part of
one on television (okay, maybe for the right amount of moolah). I don't
like politics at any level. I can't figure out my own U.S. government
at times, let alone what's happening in Canada. However, I must say,
the sudden, surprising and recent resignation of Mr. McGuinty could
be just what Ontario racing needs to survive and thrive. Let's keep
our fingers crossed that the Ontario racetracks that offer Thoroughbred,
Standardbed and Quarter-horse racing, and which were being forced to
reduce or close down, can now, not only carry on, but continue to grow.
In addition, let's hope those countless number of racetrack workers
whose jobs were going to be severely affected, can now be spared. With
that out of the way, let's go Off To The Races. Read
September 23, 2012 Hi everyone, and welcome to the official start of the fall season. It is during this time of year that horses in pursuit of the Breeders' Cup, begin their final preparations for the World Championships. The 15 races will be conducted over a two-day span at Santa Anita on November 2nd-3rd. Over at Horse Racing Nation, there is a team of 15 bloggers in place, each given a race to cover. They will bring you news, opinions, interviews, features, handicapping, history, etc. of their respective race, delivered in their own individual styles. I have been designated to cover the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint. You can follow along here: http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/Trackside While I'm on the subject of the Breeders' Cup, many tracks throughout North America and Europe have begun, or will commence hosting "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup events. Last weekend saw Woodbine shine its spotlight on the series with the G2 Summer and Natalma Stakes for 2-year olds, as well as the G1 Woodbine Mile for older turf horses. In addition, there were three other graded stakes on the Sunday card and they will be included in the race recaps. Also, I'll explain how England, like the United States, is still withput a Triple Crown winner. Now, let's go "Off To The Races." Read more:
September 9, 2012 Hi everyone, here we are now into September and in less than two weeks it will be officially Fall. Just where did the Summer go? Well, I certainly won't pack away the patio chairs or bring out the long pants just yet, there is still good weather ahead, as well as plenty of good racing. However, the arrival of September does mean saying goodbye to the two premier summer racing meets, Saratoga and Del-Mar. Before they closed their respective doors until next year, both tracks, as is their norm, provided exciting graded stakes action over the past two weekends. Some results were surprising, some predictable and one result was for the ages. Let s break it down starting with Saratoga. Read on:
August 26, 2012 Hi everyone, back with another edition of "Off To The Races" here at E.N.N. We are into the part of the year that is commonly referred to as: "Dog Days Of Summer." Maybe it should be replaced by "Horse Days" because we are experiencing some of the finest horse racing in North America during this stretch of summer. It's time once again to look back at all the happenings in some of the biggest races that played out over the past two weeks. As usual, there were some terrific races. some anti-climatic and some performances definately worthy of mention. We'll visit Arlington, Saratoga, Del-Mar and Woodbine. We'll also spotlight an undefeated horse on the other side of the world. Read on:
July 15, 2012 Hi everyone, superb weather continues to dominate over Western New York and Southern Ontario, giving us a fabulous summer thus far. Since our last issue two weeks ago, how many times were you asked: "Is it hot enough for you?" I was presented with that question numerous times, and my answer was always the same. "YES, it's too hot for me." Don't get me wrong, I enjoy nice weather, because it certainly has its advantages. But I am not a person that relishes high-heat and even higher humidity, just as I'm not a proponent of single digit temperatures and negative wind chills in the winter. So, toss out the extremes and my weather complaining is non-existant. We've returned to more comfortable conditions recently, and I am thankful that our nice little region escaped much of the dangerous weather that blanketed most of the U.S. from the mid-west to the east coast causing deaths, power outages and cancelled racing at many tracks throughout the affected areas. Now, let's get on to the racing news. Read more:
June 17, 2012 Hi everyone! I find myself in an odd situation. I prepared this column on Thursday, 2 days before the Belmont Stakes, but as you read this, the race is over. So, either the racing gods (yes, they do exist) have allowed I'LL HAVE ANOTHER to race into immortality, giving us our 12th Triple Crown winner, or we have to wait another long year. Find out...
May 27, 2012 - Hi everyone, two down and one to go! "Bring it on! We're ready to go. Super pumped! I can't put into words how incredible it is. We're just on Cloud 9. It's super exciting." Those quoted words from Doug O'Neill, the trainer of I'LL HAVE ANOTHER, sum up not only how the connections of the horse are feeling, but what the entire racing world is experiencing as we await the Belmont Stakes on June 9th. Could this be the year that we finally see a Triple Crown winner? The Belmont Stakes is held at 1 1/2 miles and is billed as the true "Test Of Champions," for being the final and most challenging race of the three-race series. The Belmont Stakes field is starting to take shape, and despite some prominent names trying too play spoiler, the Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner certainly looks like horse with a serious chance of sweeping the Triple Crown. The fact that he is still a relatively fresh horse, gives him every chance. It sure is an exciting time in thoroughbred racing. I'll be rooting for the colt, he is such an amazing horse. Yes bartender, I'LL HAVE ANOTHER...and make it a Triple...as in Crown. Read more:
May 13th, 2012 - Hi everyone, another
Kentucky Derby has come and gone. For the record, my selection was Creative
Cause (5th). Did you have the winner? If the answer is yes, congratulations
my friend. Too go along with the thrill of experiencing watching I'LL
HAVE ANOTHER get home first, and cashing that winning ticket,comes the
bragging rights of being correct in "The Run for the Roses."
There is nothing more special than nailing the Derby winner on the first
Saturday in May. Enjoy your reign.
March 7, 2011 - Race News with Nick Costa
February 21. 2011 - Race
News, plus the Unveiling of the Belmont Stakes Logo
September 30th - Off
to the Races with Nick Costa
Equine Canada Invites The Ontario Racing Industry to Participate in the Ontario Traceability Study
March 24, 2010 — Equine Canada has invited members of the Ontario racing and breeding industry to participate in an Ontario Traceability Pilot Project. The Pilot Project will help to determine industry readiness for a national equine traceability program. Participants will be required to report on movement and health treatments related to individual horses through various reporting methods. More
Good for Fort Erie Race Track
Good News for Fort Erie and all that Make Their Living at Fort Erie Racetrack
"Very good news:)", says Cindy Mustoe a local horse enthusiast that works with the race horses at Fort Erie Racetrack.
The last few years have been up and down for thoroughbred owners, trainers, grooms and others that earn a living from the local racetrack and slots. The future of the track has been in turmoil for years, and with last week's announcement of a press conference regarding the future of the track, many feared the worst. More
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