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Ageless edges Lady Shipman by a head in Franklin County Vance Hanson |

Friday's $100,000 Franklin County at Keeneland was expected to determine whether Ageless or Lady Shipman was best suited to take on the boys later this month in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) over the same course and 5 1/2-furlong distance. Judging from their respective performances...

Golden Horn gets the right conditions, stars in Arc; Greenspointcrusader, Tonalist record big performances |

HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS By DICK POWELL The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen! Yes, TREVE (Motivator) was beaten on Sunday as she tried to make history with a third straight win in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.  With sunny and warm weather for the...

American Pharoah, Beholder put in 5f moves at Santa Anita Park Jennifer Caldwell |

Champions American Pharoah and Beholder were both on track at Santa Anita Park Friday morning to record five-furlong moves in advance of the October 31 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland. While American Pharoah posted a routine five furlongs in 1:01.20, Beholder impressed the clockers enough...

Champion Work All Week retired with stress fracture |

A stress fracture in the knee turned up by a routine scan will see Work All Week head into retirement instead of a title defense in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on October 31. Owner Midwest Thoroughbreds announced the news on Thursday, revealing the fracture probably happened when...

Kentucky Futurity Leads Fall Features; Yonkers’ International Trot Shines; Hoosier, Woodbine Locals Joust Frank Cotolo |

Autumn harness sparkles in Lexington, Kentucky, as the Grand Circuit-Red Mile meet concludes Oct. 10 with the featured Kentucky Futurity and the Filly Futurity. The weekend starts at The Red Mile with International Stallion Stakes (ISS) action for frosh pacers. Saturday is “Futurity” day, which...

Harmonize hits winning note in Jessamine Jennifer Caldwell |

Harmonize took the longest route home in Wednesday’s $150,000 Jessamine S. (G3) at Keeneland but still managed to get  her neck in front on the wire to earn her second straight stakes victory. In the process, the Larkin Armstrong colorbearer earned her shot at Breeders’ Cup glory via the “Win...

Belmont hosts its final round of Breeders' Cup preps; speed especially dangerous on the wet track John Mucciolo |

BELMONT NOTEBOOK A six-pack of graded races headlined the fourth weekend at Belmont Park. Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (G1): Robert S. Evans’ TONALIST (Tapit) gained the lead in early stretch and spurted clear with authority on his way to a convincing 4 ¾-length romp under John Velazquez. The...

Knickerbocker comes up tough at Belmont Park Jennifer Caldwell |

Saturday’s $200,000 Knickerbocker S. (G3) at Belmont Park came up pretty competitive, with the likes of Grade 1 victor V. E. Day and defending champion Legendary entered as part of the 11-horse field. However, the biggest draw in the 1 1/8-mile inner turf contest is Mr Speaker for trainer Shug...



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.