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The Arc wildcard, longshots to know, and the rest of the field Kellie Reilly |

After considering the top five contenders in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), it’s time to look at the rest of the field, beginning with the most interesting candidates. Order of St George: I’m pegging the Ascot Gold Cup (G1) winner as the Arc’s wildcard. If he can transfer his superb...

Super Saturday News & Notes - Santa Anita Park |

Santa Anita Park hosts the 2016 Breeders’ Cup on November 4-5, and racing fans can get a preview of the big event this weekend with the first of two Super Saturdays. Five graded events are on tap Saturday at the California venue, each a “Win & You’re In” offering guaranteed berths to the...

Super Saturday News & Notes - Belmont Park |

Five major graded contests are scheduled for Belmont Park on Super Saturday, and two are even “Win & You’re In” races for the November 4-5 Breeders’ Cup. The $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) has drawn top Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) contender Flintshire while the $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes (...

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: top five contenders Kellie Reilly |

The field is now set for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Chantilly, with only post positions remaining to be drawn on Friday. Of the 16 entrants, five rate as the strongest win chances, and logically sit at the top of the early betting market. Let’s consider them in order of their...

Three Rules, Cajun Delta Dawn seeking sweeps of Florida Sire Stakes Jennifer Caldwell |

Juveniles Three Rules and Cajun Delta Dawn are each looking to complete a sweep of their respective divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Three Rules, trained by Jose Pinchin, and Cajun Delta Dawn, saddled by David Fawkes, are both unbeaten from four starts....

Flatter at the Arc: Chantilly offers contrast to Longchamp |

By RON FLATTER Compiègne, France -- It is still called the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). With a purse of $5.6 million, it remains Europe’s richest horse race. It is as always turning right for 1½ miles on turf. Even the big silver trophy that looks like the monument at one end of the Champs-...

Attacking the Opening Day Card at Santa Anita John Mucciolo |

Racing returns to Santa Anita on Friday with a strong nine-race card at Southern California's most storied venue. A pair of graded races will be held, two divisions of the Eddie D. S. (G3), which bookend the late Pick 4. I will take aim on the late sequence in hopes of kicking off the meeting with...

Connect takes advantage in Pennsylvania Derby; McMahon is one to watch |

By Dick Powell When Bob Baffert shipped ARROGATE (Unbridled’s Song) into Saratoga and the colt romped in the Travers Stakes (G1) in stakes-record time, it showed how weak this year’s crop of 3YOs were. As good as NYQUIST (Uncle Mo) might have looked winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) while still...



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.