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Triple Crown--while great--does not confer greatness on American Pharoah |

by JEFF MOSS There are two Triple Crowns in sports that have been mythologized as much for the impressive achievement they represent as for the California-style drought preceding the most recent noteworthy feats. Of course, I am talking about the Triple Crown in baseball (winning the batting...

Texas racing resumes with three-month extension |

After being shut down on Tuesday, the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) has received the funding allowing tracks in the state to reopen for live racing and simulcast wagering. However, the three-month extension remains a temporary fix for Thoroughbred and Quarter-Horse tracks in the state. “We are...

Is Liam's Map vulnerable to bounce in the Woodward? Vance Hanson |

Bounce or no? That's a question horseplayers will have to ponder Saturday when Liam's Map faces seven others, including three stablemates, in the $600,000 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga. When last seen four weeks ago in the Whitney (G1), Liam's Map turned in a tremendous performance in his first...

Azar breaks maiden in With Anticipation Jennifer Caldwell |

Azar entered Wednesday’s $200,000 With Anticipation S. (G2) at Saratoga with two losses from as many starts on his line, but exited the 1 1/16-mile firm-turf contest a first-time winner. Jockey John Velazquez allowed Azar to settle behind the pacesetting Next Shares as that 15-1 shot led the way...

Keen Ice stars in stakes-packed weekend; speed plays well on turf John Mucciolo |

The signature day of the meeting on Saturday topped the action at Saratoga Race Course. Travers S. (G1): Donegal Racing’s KEEN ICE (Curlin) moved outside at the top of the lane and gradually wore down Triple Crown star American Pharoah en route to securing a three-parts of a length tally beneath...

TURF TALK: American Pharoah Enters the Graveyard; Does a Breeders' Cup Resurrection Await? |

August 31, 2015 Lots of agreement this week, as both Ed DeRosa & Vance Hanson prefer "Graveyard of Favorites" to "champion" apropos of Keen Ice upsetting 1-to-5 favorite and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes.

An early six to watch for the Breeders' Cup Sprint Vance Hanson |

With the official wagering partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and title sponsor of the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), I'll be taking a weekly look at news and developments leading up to the six-furlong dash at Keeneland on October 31. While Private Zone...

Older Pacers, Frosh Trotters Wrestle To Earn Big Bucks Frank Cotolo |

In the battle of the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby title, only one entry is not Breeders Crown (e) eligible—Nirvana Seelster. Mohawk’s stakes-laden Sept. 5 program presents this older-pacer stakes mile and the stars are here after earning their berths from last week’s eliminations. The...



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.