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American Pharoah appears invincible, multi-race wagers in focus on Haskell Day James Scully |

Sunday’s $1.75 million Haskell (G1) at Monmouth Park is tailor-made for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The spectacular Pioneerof the Nile colt, unbeaten from seven stakes starts since his career debut, appears to be training forwardly for his re-appearance, recording three works in a 10-day...

Frosh-Trot Score At $18; Jk Endofanera Comes Through; $15 Win Tops H2W Frank Cotolo |

As the weekend began, two elims for stakes next week featuring frosh trotters took center stage at The Meadowlands Friday, July 31. In the colts’ elims we nabbed the top price of all the elims with Milligan’s School ($18.80, $6.40, $5.00) in the second of two Peter Haughton Memorial splits. In...

American Pharoah Returns -- All the Haskell News & Notes |

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 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 (...

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

Del Mar's 7TH race, 5 1/2 furlongs (8:10 p.m. EDT) Semper Fortis is a half-brother to Carpe Diem and J. B.'s Thunder, both Breeders' Futurity (G1) winners, so the Doug O'Neill pupil ought to be ready to roll this season. By Distorted Humor, he went to Spendthrift Farm for $525,000 as a Keeneland...

Pacific Classic next for Beholder after Hirsch domination? Jennifer Caldwell |

Beholder turned in what amounted to a paid workout on Saturday at Del Mar in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1). Which begs the question: could the $1 million Pacific Classic S. (G1) on August 22 possibly be next for the superstar mare? Her connections – owner B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift Farm and...

Madefromlucky proves best for Pletcher in West Virginia Derby James Scully |

Last seen finishing a distant sixth to American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (G1), Madefromlucky rebounded with a victory in Saturday’s $750,000 West Virginia Derby (G2). The chestnut colt rallied wide into contention leaving the far turn and overhauled Souper Colossal in midstretch to score by 1...

Texas Red back on top form in Jim Dandy Vance Hanson |

With only four of the original seven entries going to post, and with a serious dearth of speed, Saturday's $570,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga had the potential of turning into a race that raised more questions than answered them. And for awhile it appeared that lone speed Japan might stick around...

Triumph and tragedy in Bowling Green Kellie Reilly |

All set to use my working title, "Red Rifle hits the bull's eye in Bowling Green," I saw the dreadful news about 2-1 favorite Innovation Economy. The budding turf star had been pulled up on the backstretch, and since I didn't see the incident as it happened, I hoped that it wasn't serious. Then...



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.