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Protonico's back in action on Haskell undercard Kellie Reilly |

In the lead-up to American Pharoah in the Haskell Invitational (G1), Monmouth Park will offer five stakes on Sunday's undercard. The $200,000 Monmouth Cup (G2) marks the return of Protonico. After emerging as a major player in the older male division this spring, he unfortunately came down with...

Beholder vs. Warren’s Veneda – Take 2 Jennifer Caldwell |

Nine fillies and mares were entered in Saturday’s Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) at Del Mar, but most attention will be focused on Beholder and Warren’s Veneda in the 1 1/16-mile contest. Following the latter’s 7 1/4-length romp in the Santa Margarita S. (G1), talk started up about a match between the...

American Pharoah Returns -- All the Haskell News & Notes |

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is just a few days away from making his return in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the blog is making it easy to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information on the popular champion. Stay tuned as more links (...

ON POINT: American Pharoah returns in Haskell at Monmouth Park |

Published on July 30 American Pharoah returns in the Haskell Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park & even hardened degenerates Ed DeRosa & James Scully are looking forward to seeing the Triple Crown champion back in action at 1-to-10:

The Corsican could take Glorious stepping stone to Arlington Million Kellie Reilly |

When The Corsican was scratched from last Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (G1) because of the soft going, I thought that he was heading straight to the August 15 Arlington Million (G1). But trainer David Simcock has kept him in Friday's Glorious (G3) at Goodwood, so the 1 1/2-mile...

American Pharoah draws well, early 1-5 favorite in eight-horse Haskell James Scully |

Thursday’s post position ceremonies worked out perfectly for American Pharoah, who will break from post 4 in Sunday’s $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Last seen posting a spectacular 5 ½-length victory in the Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown champion will face seven rivals...

Pace Ratings, Not Run Style, Portend Gate To Wire Victory for Viva Bertha Ed DeRosa |

There is not a lot of early speed in the past performances of the six starters remaining in the eighth race on Thursday at Arlington International Race Course, a $12,500 claiming event for 1 1/16-mile turfers that serves as the start of this week's #Let8Ride game. The three scratches included the...

Handicapping Insights -- July 30 |

by Dick Powell 2015 Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) will make his first start since the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday against five rivals that have been attracted by the $1 million purse of the Haskell Invitational (G1) going nine furlongs. In a real...



Derek Simon TwinSpires' horse racing author, handicapper, and podcast host, Derek Simon of Denver, Colo. offers his insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial take on the horse racing industry. He even publishes the ROI on the picks he gives out.
Frank Cotolo TwinSpires' harness racing expert, Frank Cotolo follows all of the big North American circuits throughout the year, providing the best value picks and latest news from the sulky.
Ed DeRosa The Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper, Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times.
Peter Thomas Fornat A writer and editor who has been following horse racing for fifteen years. Peter has written books for the Daily Racing Form Press; Crown; and Simon and Schuster; among other publishers, and regular features in The Horseplayer Magazine.
Jill Byrne A television racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Jill has earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing.