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Airoforce ready for takeoff in Risen Star |

Edited press release from Fair Grounds By all accounts, John C. Oxley’s Airoforce has done little wrong in his career. A smashing winner on debut going six furlongs on the grass at Kentucky Downs in a sharp 1:10.34, the son of Colonel John was equally as dominant when winning the $250,000 Bourbon...

Sarah Sis hoping to rebound in Bayakoa Jennifer Caldwell |

Sarah Sis is no stranger to Oaklawn Park. The Sharp Humor filly began her 2015 sophomore season at that Hot Springs, Arkansas, oval and proceeded to closely place in both the Dixie Belle and Martha Washington before recording a nice win in the Honeybee (G3). Sarah Sis would go on to be fifth in...

Remembering the 1997 San Vicente – the beginning of a terrific rivalry James Scully |

Monday’s San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita will have serious Kentucky Derby implications due to the presence of Nyquist and Exaggerator. The 7-furlong event isn’t part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series – the qualifying races are all held at a mile or longer – but we can expect to see Nyquist...

Mshawish establishes himself as a serious Dubai World Cup contender in Donn; Songbird returns a brilliant winner |

BY DICK POWELL MSHAWISH (Medaglis d’Oro) was a Grade 1 stakes winner on the turf last year at Gulfstream Park. His win came in the third start of the meet in early February and we didn’t see him again in America until Saratoga when he finished fifth, part of a blanket finish in the Fourstardave...

Sandiva trying to follow Mshawish’s path to graded victory on dirt Jennifer Caldwell |

Trainer Todd Pletcher successfully transitioned Mshawish from scoring at the Grade 1 level on turf to triumphing at the Grade 1 level on dirt. On Saturday, Pletcher tries that same tactic with multiple Grade/Group 3 heroine Sandiva in the $200,000 Royal Delta (G2) at Gulfstream Park. While...

Hearts Pounding For Winning Wagers On Valentine’s Day Weekend Frank Cotolo |

Aside from the fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend’s Sunday this year, poets have called February the lost month of any year. However, we are not about to get poetic about anything lost, so to speak. In the thick of winter, harness bettors like us go for the win during the so-called lost...

Royal Delta draws six, including turf mare Sandiva, while Santa Maria attracts eight Jennifer Caldwell |

Saturday’s $200,000 Royal Delta (G2) at Gulfstream Park is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the dirt track. However the top runner in the race is turf mare Sandiva, who would be making her main track debut in the contest. Sandiva is a dual Grade 3 winner on Gulfstream’s turf, taking the Suwannee...

Top three from California Derby return, Mr. Coker to make stakes debut in El Camino Real Derby James Scully |

Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields offers points on Tapeta, one of two Road to the Kentucky Derby races to be held over a synthetic track this year along with the April 2 Spiral (G3) at Turfway Park. The El Camino Real Derby is the next-to-last event in...



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.