Author Archives: andyscoggin

About andyscoggin

Matt Shifman, the man behind AndyScoggin, is a featured blogger covering NYRA and Monmouth Park for HorseRacingNation.com. "Racing at the Jersey Shore" covers the racing scene at Monmouth Park and "A New York State of Racing" will discuss NYRA. Matt votes for the Top 10 Thoroughbreds in the NTRA Polls at www.NTRA/polls.

AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.5)

This past weekend’s major prep race was the (G3) Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.  That was the first 2012 Derby prep race that I got to attend. What a treat to see Hansen make a huge statement that he is a … Continue reading

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Hansen Makes a Statement in the Gotham Stakes!

My post-Gotham Stakes article, that ran on HorseRacingNation.com/blogs/NYState, matches up with any that were written. Please enjoy. After finishing second to Algorithms in the Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream on Jan. 29th, many felt that Hansen needed to make a … Continue reading

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.4)

This past weekend’s major prep races were the Risen Star (G2) on Saturday at FG and the Fountain of Youth (G2) at GP on Sunday.  El Padrino won the impressive stretch duel with Mark Valeski in the Risen Star, while … Continue reading

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NYRA Coverage Begins

AndyScoggin’s coverage of NYRA begins the week of February 27th, at HorseRacingNation.com. http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.3)

The only graded prep race last weekend was the seven furlong (G2) Hutcheson, at Gulfstream, which was won impressively by Thunder Moccasin. Todd Pletcher said that this sophomore runner would stay racing around one turn, so at this point I … Continue reading

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Todd Pletcher on the Verge of 3,000 Wins

Todd Pletcher heads into Saturday’s racing needing only one more winner to reach the 3,000 victory mark.  Pletcher began his training career as an assistant to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas.  Pletcher took out his training license and went … Continue reading

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.2)

The descriptions include possible next start for each horse and a career summary of starts with results, total earnings and graded stake earnings with the rank amongst Derby contenders.  Currently $120,000, which is up from last week’s number of $110,330, … Continue reading

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10

The descriptions include possible next start for each horse and their grades stakes earnings with rank.  Currently $110,330 is required to make the top 20 of graded stakes earnings. 1) Union Rags – He was the best two year-old in … Continue reading

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Stop Two on the New York Derby Trail – the G3 Withers

Here are a couple of paragraphs from my recent article at HorseRacingNation.com. Saturday’s grade three Withers Stakes marks the second stop on the 2012 New York Derby Trail.  This year in New York there is $250,000 more of the Derby … Continue reading

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Florida Sunshine Millions

Gulfstream Park hosts the Florida Sunshine Millions on Saturday, January 28.  Big name horses and $1.3 million of purses are featured in the six race series.  The undefeated four year-old filly Awesome Feather goes for her ninth victory in race … Continue reading

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