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American Pharoah cruises in return to worktab Kellie Reilly |

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah has continued to present a magnificent appearance in the three weeks since completing his historic sweep -- as if the rigors of the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1) and Belmont (G1) had little effect on his constitution. When graciously parading for his...

Scores At Pocono, Meadowlands, Produce; $22 Northfield Winner Tops Lot Frank Cotolo |

Our week began on an up note, with a winner in the Meadowlands’ $50,000 Open on Friday, June 26. We took it straight up with Obrigado ($10.20, $5.00, $2.80). Pocono’s Sun Stakes Saturday’s overture featured a bevy of eliminations on June 27 to set up the dynamic card coming next Saturday, July...

Include Betty refuses to be left out in Mother Goose Jennifer Caldwell |

Saturday’s Mother Goose S. (G1) at Belmont Park turned into a tour de force, but not for the expected fillies. The 1 1/16-mile contest showcased the return of Eskenformoney (Eskendereya) off a troubled 10th-placing in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1), and also featured Wonder Gal (Tiz Wonderful)...

Churchill Downs ABC for getaway night spiraling to Ellis Park Ed DeRosa |

Churchill Downs drops the curtain on its 2015 spring-summer meeting on Saturday, June 27, and it's a tough 11-race card featuring four Pick 4s, including an all-stakes sequence with a pair of juvenile stakes. As evidenced by the grid below I'm especially befuddled by the early double of maiden...

Seeking Aces in the Gold Cup James Scully |

Hard Aces makes his fourth start for trainer John Sadler in Saturday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the late runner figures to receive a prime set-up in the 1 ¼-mile race, with three confirmed speedsters (Batti Man, Big Casanova and Moreno) guaranteeing a contested pace. His 12-1 morning line price...

Irish Derby: Epsom Derby form is positively Golden Kellie Reilly |

Going into Saturday's Irish Derby at the Curragh, the major interpretive key appeared to be a battle of formlines between the Epsom and French Derbies. With placegetters from each lining up, the Irish classic loomed as a "proxy war" between the respective Epsom and French winners Golden Horn and...

The Real Value of a Length Derek Simon |

Perhaps the oldest and silliest horse racing rule of thumb in the history of old and silly horse racing rules of thumb is the notion that a length equals a fifth of a second. Although it has been shown — repeatedly — that this rule is not accurate, many horseplayers still swear by it. In fact, for...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

In the News & Notes segment, TwinSpires' Derek Simon opines on American Pharoah's next start, as well as the gutty win by Mr. Z in the Ohio Derby. In a special History segment, the post-Belmont start of another Triple Crown hero is discussed. Lastly, in the U. of Bet segment, Derek...

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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.