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East Coast longshots in play in Hollywood Derby James Scully |

The East Coast contingent looms large in Saturday’s Hollywood Derby (G1). California’s 3-year-old turf division has been a mess all year, with former claimer Free Rose upsetting the La Jolla (G3) and Del Mar Derby (G2) before Frank Conversation posted a 36-1 surprise in the recent Twilight Derby (...

Will the 2016 champion two-year-old filly please stand up Jennifer Caldwell |

Okay, champion juvenile male was pretty easy to determine but the two-year-old filly division…still waiting on that one. Two-Year-Old Male – Classic Empire, Not This Time, Practical Joke I’m going to have to go with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) top three in this one. Classic Empire gutted out...

Penn Derby attains Grade 1 status for 2017; Wood, Blue Grass drop to Grade 2s Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on Friday presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 30 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Committee...

Miss Temple City draws far outside post against 11 rivals in Matriarch Jennifer Caldwell |

Twelve distaffers were entered in Sunday’s $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (G1) on the closing day of Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Meet, and Miss Temple City will break from the far outside post in her first start since running fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). The four-year-old daughter of Temple City has...

Connect, Gun Runner flatter Arrogate; Aqueduct observations Twinspires.com |

By Dick Powell I can’t prove it but the Aqueduct main track, which concludes this Sunday for the switch to the inner dirt, seemed slow throughout the meet. Running times seemed to be off and speed did not seem to hold well. It was not a stark bias but a nuanced one. On Saturday, the Cigar Mile (...

Kentucky Downs winners Cammack, Daddy’s Boo head strong Kentucky contingent to Claiming Crown Twinspires.com |

by Jennie Rees Kentucky will be well-represented among the 118 horses entered in Saturday’s nine Claiming Crown races at Gulfstream Park, including the impressive winners of Kentucky Downs’ pair of $75,000 automatic-qualifier preps in Cammack and Daddy’s Boo. The $1.1 million Claiming Crown...

Claiming Crown kicks off Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet kicks off Saturday with the 18th edition of the $1.1 million Claiming Crown, a nine-stakes showcase for horses that started for a claiming price at least once. This is the fifth straight year in South Florida for the Claiming Crown, created...

Move the Jockey Club Gold Cup to Saratoga Ed DeRosa |

With news via The Paulick Report that the Pennsylvania Derby is likely to receive Grade 1 status, the New York Racing Association should move the Jockey Club Gold Cup to the final week at Saratoga both as a sort of summer championship for the older male division and as an effort to make the...

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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.