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To her breeders, Beholder a beauty that's caught many an eye (Part 1) Vance Hanson |

The first of two parts. The 32nd edition of the Breeders' Cup, to be held in the heart of bluegrass country at Keeneland on October 30-31, will represent a homecoming of sorts for a great number of its equine participants. Among them is dual champion mare Beholder, who will be returning to her...

TURF TALK: Breeders' Cup Countdown is On |

October 12, 2015 The handicapping action will be fast and furious over the next 2 1/2 weeks. Contender PPs, pre-entry PPs, and final PPs are all coming out within the next two weeks. Vance Hanson discusses his road map to prepare for one of the biggest wagering days of the year. Plus he and Ed...

Both surfaces at Santa Anita play fairly, Hollendorfer sends out a sharp pair of winners in Cadet Roni & Stays in Vegas John Mucciolo |

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK There was no graded racing this past weekend at Santa Anita.    Track Stats From a total of 44 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 32 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 55 percent of the...

Five Takeaways from October 10-11 Weekend James Scully |

Favorite Flops: The top two recorded the performance of their career, with Her Emmynency gamely withstanding the late bid of Miss Temple City, but the non-threatening third from Sentiero Italia was the biggest storyline from the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland. She looked...

Monday's Breeders' Cup news: Honor Code works, Artemis Agrotera to return - plus Songbird update Kellie Reilly |

File photo of Honor Code working back on May 31, courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was delighted with Honor Code's five-furlong work at Belmont Park on Monday. The Met Mile (G1) and Whitney (G1) hero covered five furlongs on the main track...

Sycamore field of 11 includes Da Big Hoss Vance Hanson |

Da Big Hoss has answered every call since his acquisition by owner Skychai Racing and trainer Mike Maker from a $50,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs in June. A four-year-old by Lemon Drop Kid, he'll seek his fourth straight win for connections Thursday in the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at Keeneland...

Keeneland's main track passes review |

After the fatal breakdowns suffered by Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) contender Rock Fall and Tacticus in morning works, and by Shore Runner in the off-the-turf Woodford (G3), Keeneland conducted a review of its main track. The Lexington, Kentucky, venue will host the Breeders' Cup on October 30-31,...

Breeders’ Cup workers out in force at Keeneland Jennifer Caldwell |

With the October 30-31 Breeders’ Cup drawing ever closer, a number of horses readying for the championship events worked at Keeneland on Sunday. I’m a Chatterbox prepared for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on October 30 with a half-mile bullet breeze in :47.20 under jockey Florent Geroux. She got...



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.