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Shotgun Kowboy installed as morning-line favorite for Lone Star Park Handicap Jennifer Caldwell |

A field of seven has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles in Memorial Day Monday’s $200,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3), and Shotgun Kowboy drew the rail post as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The four-year-old gelding will be looking for his first win since scoring back-to-back victories in the Oklahoma...

The Pizza Man readying for another big year Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man returned to the work tab last month after a short rest in preparation for a summer campaign that could include a prep at Arlington for his return to the Arlington Million (G1). The 2015 Million winner made his most recent start in the...

Plethora of Pletcher workers targeting Belmont Stakes weekend Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Trainer Todd Pletcher has a busy Belmont Stakes weekend in store. In addition to a pair of possible starters in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1), the third jewel of the Triple Crown which tops a 10-stakes strong program on June 11, the conditioner will be saddling...

Kent Desormeaux to ride Exaggerator in lone Belmont work Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Preakness winner Exaggerator will have his regular rider, Kent Desormeaux, aboard in his only major work at Belmont Park next week for the final jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11. “Nothing has changed with Exaggerator between yesterday to today,”...

Destin, Governor Malibu breeze for Belmont Stakes Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Destin, who is being pointed to the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), breezed five furlongs in 1:01.85 on the fast Belmont Park training track Friday morning in his penultimate work prior to the June 11 "Test of the Champion." Sixth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last out, Destin...

New faces vs old warriors in Whittingham; Isabella Sings back at Monmouth Kellie Reilly |

Sunday’s $200,000 Charles Whittingham (G2) at Santa Anita anchors a trio of notable turf stakes spanning the continent on Memorial Day Eve. The Whittingham pits such classy warriors as Bal a Bali (pictured), Finnegans Wake, and Quick Casablanca against a pair of promising newcomers to the division...

Exaggerator to have one breeze before Belmont; Nyquist doing well Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Preakness S. (G1) winner Exaggerator jogged two miles over Pimlico’s main track on Wednesday and walked the shed row Thursday morning as he continues to prepare for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont S. (G1) on June 11. “He walked today and he’ll van to Belmont on Sunday,” said trainer...

Gift Box ready to unwrap second half in 3-year-old division Kellie Reilly |

W.S. Farish’s Gift Box was sidelined early this year before he could hop on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail in earnest, but judging by his terrific comeback in Belmont’s 8TH race on Thursday, he’ll have something to say in a big summer for the 3-year-old set. Third to Mohaymen in the Remsen (G2)...

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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.