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American Pharoah’s baby sister, American Cleopatra, debuts at Del Mar Kellie Reilly |

Nearly two years after American Pharoah began his career at Del Mar, his two-year-old full sister takes up the baton in Sunday’s 3RD race at the seaside track. Just glance at the entries and there’s no mistaking her identity – the well-named American Cleopatra. Like her Triple Crown-winning...

What’s at stake in the three-year-old stakes and how to bet the Haskell Ed DeRosa |

Here are my standings for the three-year-old male division going into this weekend’s blockbuster stakes double of the $600,000 Grade 2 Jim Dandy on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course and the $1-million Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Nyquist: Beat the rest in the...

Connect wins one for dad in Curlin Vance Hanson |

It was a Chad Brown-trained exacta in Friday's $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga as Connect, a son of the race's namesake, repelled an inside bid from Gift Box through the final three furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile test for three-year-olds and won by a length over his more fancied stablemate. Holding a...

Haskell News & Notes |

Haskell 2016 has finally arrived and this year’s edition is proving to be just as exciting as last year’s run up to American Pharoah’s triumph in his first start back since sweeping the Triple Crown. A half-dozen runners will line up in Sunday’s $1 million contest at Monmouth Park, including the...

What I learned from Seeking the Gold Kellie Reilly |

When news came this morning of Seeking the Gold’s passing, it reminded me of how much I learned from the trajectory of his career. Here was a horse tailor-made for my support: a blueblood Phipps homebred, trained by Shug McGaughey. After all, I hopped onto the Personal Ensign bandwagon very early...

Sunday's the Day for Perfect Tay at Woodbine Ed DeRosa |

It's been 17 months since Perfect Tay made the last of his four trips to the winner's circle. He lost twice after that win before going on the shelf for more than a year and returning to the races as a seven-year-old. He was closer to the pace that day--perhaps keen off the layoff--before getting...

Out Cap Da Shap Daily Pick 4 tickets |

Scott Shapiro's Late Pick 4 Tickets at Del Mar All tickets will be placed for the base value of 50 cents and will be posted after early scratches FRIDAY, JULY 29 I made it to the final leg on a relatively chalky day alive to six runners, but unfortunately could never have had the winner in the...

Genaro: McLaughlin, Santana out of the gate fast at Saratoga 2016 |

by TERESA GENARO Kiaran McLaughlin won his only Saratoga training title in 2008, the summer he won the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G2) with Abraaj and the Bernard Baruch (G2) with Shakis. He racked up 17 wins that year. It's early in the meet, but McLaughlin once again tops the trainer standings, this...



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.