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Mobile Bay, Lavender Chrissie topple favorites at Zia Park Vance Hanson |

Super Derby (G2) winner Mobile Bay added another big win to his record Wednesday when taking the $218,000 Zia Park Derby. Under Edgar Prado, the 7-2 third choice prevailed over a determined Pain and Misery to win by a nose after a stretch-long duel in a time of 1:43.62 for 1 1/16 miles on a fast...

Bernardini thriving at stud & 2016 looks extremely promising |

BY DICK POWELL BERNARDINI (A.P. Indy) was a wonderful racehorse that has gone on to be a wonderful stallion. This year, he has four Grade 1 stakes winners, only one behind leading sire TAPIT (Pulpit). Since going to stud in 2010, Bernardini has sired 13 individual Grade 1 stakes winners and based...

Private Zone seeks repeat in Cigar Mile Vance Hanson |

A sharp second to Runhappy in last month's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) going six furlongs, Private Zone will get back to doing what he does best Saturday in the Cigar Mile H. (G1) at Aqueduct. Although a two-time winner of the Vosburgh (G1), Private Zone has arguably done his best work at seven...

Kentucky Jockey Club provides a line on five horses in Kentucky Derby Future Wager; Dothraki Queen tops Golden Rod James Scully |

Saturday’s $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, offering points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers, and along with its fillies’ counterpart, the $200,000 Golden Rod (G2), highlights an outstanding 12-race “Stars of Tomorrow II”...

Favorites excel at Aqueduct last week, Morse Code among a trio of McGaughey horses to watch John Mucciolo |

AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK There was no graded racing this past week at Aqueduct. Track Stats A total of 45 races were held at the Long Island, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 40 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 69 percent of the wins during the week. From 31 races...

Kicking off Thanksgiving week at Churchill Downs with an Awesome Thought Ed DeRosa |

Churchill Downs closes its November meeting and 2015 racing this week, and I'll be sorry to see it go. Not because I'm crushing it--I haven't had a winning day yet--but because the racing has been fun to watch and handicap on a daily basis. A good mix of favorites and longshots have combined to...

Flintshire, Mongolian Saturday among Hong Kong invitees |

Edited Press Release The Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on December 13 have attracted a stellar line-up of Group 1 stars. A total of 33 international Grade/Group 1 winners are among the 56 entries selected for the world's great end-of-year Group 1 extravaganza. The contenders...

No Dortmund but Hoppertunity makes title defense against deep Clark field James Scully |

Bob Baffert elected not to ship multiple Grade 1 winner Dortmund for Friday’s $500,000 Clark H. (G1) at Churchill Downs due to a minor quarter-crack, but the Hall of Fame trainer will still be represented by the 2014 winner, Hoppertunity. The 4-year-old horse heads a strong field of nine entered 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.