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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...

Champion turf mare Tepin returns to action in Endeavour Vance Hanson |

Other than Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, one of the biggest stars of last fall's Breeders' Cup, and of the 2015 season in general, was Tepin. Unplaced in three of her final four outings at three in 2014, the daughter of Bernstein surprisingly developed into not only the nation's top turf mare...

KDFW entry Gettysburg faces six in Sam F. Davis Vance Hanson |

Two Triple Crown nominated colts from the Todd Pletcher barn, Gettysburg and Destin, will seek to enhance their classic credentials Saturday in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. Although not a point-scoring race as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, the 1 1/16-mile...

Kentucky Derby Report (2/10): Baffert remains in spotlight with Mor Spirit James Scully |

Mor Spirit confirmed his status as a major Kentucky Derby contender when opening his 3-year-old season in Saturday’s Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita, rallying to win going away by 1 ½ lengths as the 1-2 favorite. With three wins and a pair of seconds from five career starts, Mor...

Gander winner Governor Malibu among horses to watch from three-day race week at Aqueduct John Mucciolo |

AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK There was no stakes action at Aqueduct during a three-day race week that included a Friday cancellation. Track Stats A total of 28 races were held over the inner strip at the Long Island, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 43 percent rate and the top two betting...

Songbird highlights a stakes-packed weekend; inside posts don't fare well on Santa Anita main track John Mucciolo |

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK There were a handful of graded races over the weekend of the winter/spring meeting at Santa Anita, headlined by a superstar filly. Las Virgenes S. (G2): Fox Hill Farms’ SONGBIRD (Unbridled’s Song) took the lead soon after the break and sailed home a most facile 6 ½-length...

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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.