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Saturday's notable 2-year-old maidens: 7th at Del Mar Kellie Reilly |

Del Mar's 7TH race, 5 1/2 furlongs for fillies (8:10 p.m. EDT) Several of these maidens are nominated to the Del Mar Debutante (G1). One Last Shot doesn't have a $230,000 catalog page, but she commanded that amount at OBS April after drilling a bullet quarter-mile in :20 4/5 at her under tack...

Gio Ponti has a Most Inspiring juvenile to follow Kellie Reilly |

Future Hall of Famer Gio Ponti -- surely he'll get in as a triple Eclipse Award winner with a bankroll in excess of $6 million -- might have sired a pretty good one in his very first crop. Debutante Most Inspiring became her sire's first North American winner on Friday, not in the ho-hum, check-...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast with Derek Simon Derek Simon |

TwinSpires' Derek Simon turns "Mythbuster" as he consumes a carbonated water beverage during the show in an effort to see whether it has the intoxicatiing powers claimed by jockey Kent Desormeaux. In the Racing History segment, Derek revisits a road trip to Anthony Downs, where the...

Saturday's notable 2-year-old maidens: 2nd at Saratoga Kellie Reilly |

Saratoga's 2ND race, 6 furlongs (1:35 p.m. EDT) Conquest Nitro was a fast-finishing second in his Woodbine debut to Riker, subsequently the winner of the Colin. The Mark Casse trainee is by High Cotton, sire of such noted Spa juveniles as Currency Swap and Spurious Precision. His female line...

Smart Transition takes Curlin but Gangster steals the show Jennifer Caldwell |

The feature event at Saratoga on Friday was the $100,000 Curlin S., which featured both Stanford and Tekton. However, Smart Transition proved better than those two, and everyone else, when drawing off in the 1 1/8-mile contest by 4 3/4 lengths. The John Shirreffs trainee produced plenty of buzz...

American Pharoah Returns -- All the Haskell News & Notes Twinspires.com |

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is just a few days away from making his return in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the Twinspires.com blog is making it easy to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information on the popular champion. Stay tuned as more links (...

Daughter of Rachel Alexandra to debut at Saratoga Vance Hanson |

Rachel's Valentina will be the first starter produced by 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra when she takes to the track for Sunday's second race at Saratoga, an $83,000 maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Rachel's Valentina was made the 6-5 morning line favorite...

Can Untapable revive her fortunes in Shuvee? Vance Hanson |

After dominating her contemporaries at three, Untapable has not looked so imposing this year losing twice in three appearances. The Steve Asmussen-trained champion will attempt to revive her old form before the Saratoga masses Sunday when she heads a field of six in the $200,000 Shuvee H. (G3)....

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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.